Men, in general, are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.
It has been a crazy week with Mike being sick and hopefully he will be on the mend soon…so with my homemade quick chicken soup in order we only needed an easy salad… I’m drawing a blank for words with this Caesar salad because I am stuffing my face with all of the goodness and with such an unusual twist that one can’t resist unless of course, you hate potatoes or on some crazy diet that forbids them, but this is a must-try recipe from Nigella and all the dinner that I need in a smaller quantity of course! After his soup, Mike couldn’t handle salad so I polished most of it off over the course of an hour trying not to eat just the “croutons”.
Beautiful crisp-tender croutons are the norm around here and always a bowl full done in minutes, but today I dove into this long earmarked recipe for a fancy change into an otherwise same old same old Caesar salad. Well, hey there now Mike loves potatoes and Nigella has the guts to do something different…link below to the original recipe because I didn’t want to make one change, but managed a scaled-down recipe using my friend Janet’s happy chicken eggs, thanks, Janet.
Nigella suggests that it serves 6, but I would add more potatoes. I scaled back the recipe considerably of course, but still used 1 huge baking potato, diced and pan-fried them instead of roasting which was easier for me to control. I held off adding the garlic until the last few minutes so it wouldn’t burn and since I didn’t use the oven method I don’t know if the minced garlic would burn.
Nigella’s Caesar Salad from How to Eat slightly adapted
For the potatoes:
1 large boiling potato, peeled or unpeeled and diced
2 to 3 large garlic cloves, minced
About 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Coarse sea salt
For the salad:
Leaves from 4 to 6 heads baby romaine lettuce or 2 to 3 heads regular romaine
Pinch salt, plus more, if needed
Black peppercorn mill
a few drops of Worcestershire sauce
1 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Preheat oven to 400º
Toss potatoes, garlic, and olive oil together. Empty them onto a baking pan, and then roast them for 45 minutes to 1 hour in the preheated oven. When they’re glistening brown, I lay them on some paper towels and sprinkle them with coarse sea salt. You don’t want them to go on the salad when hot, so cool potatoes on some paper towels for about 10 minutes.
*Alternately you can pan fry, but only add the garlic the last few minutes.
Put some water on for the eggs, put a matchstick into the pot, and then, when boiling, lower in the eggs and boil for exactly 1 minute. Remove and set aside.
Tear the romaine leaves into edible sizes and toss with the remaining 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil to coat well but lightly. Sprinkle over the salt and several grinds of pepper and toss again. Shake over about 6 drops of Worcestershire sauce, drizzle over the lemon juice, break in the eggs, and toss to blend. Correct the seasoning. Toss with the cheese and then with the potato croutons at the very last minute, as you bring it to the table – no sooner, or the salad will wilt.