Caesar Salad Recipes
How to Make Anchovy Paste and Mustard

Caesar salad recipes will be kicked up a notch or two when you learn how to make homemade mustard and anchovy paste.  Learning how to make homemade mustard and anchovy paste will give you the ability to create an extra special Caesar salad dressing.

And using the right type of Parmesan cheese will make quite a difference as well.  Learn how to make Caesar salad recipes that you and your family will really enjoy.

You'll get a lot of tips which include how to make your own croutons for your Caesar salad recipes and how to get rid of too much salt in anchovies.


Caesar Salad Recipes

Caesar Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 Cloves of Organic Garlic (peeled)
  • 3/4 cup of Homemade Mayonnaise
  • 5 Anchovy Fillets (minced)
  • 6 Tbsp. of Grated 100% Grass Fed Raw Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp. Homemade Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Optional:  1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce & Sea Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 cups of Day Old Organic Wheat Bread (cubed)
  • 1 Head of Organic Romaine Lettuce (torn into pieces)

Healthier Crouton Option:

Tear uniform pieces of leftover "real" sourdough bread.  For every cup of torn bread use 1 1/2 Tbsp. of good olive oil to pour over bread.  Mix well and bake at 375 degrees F on a cookie sheet (single layer) until golden brown.

Instructions:

  1. Mix in a bowl, 3 cloves minced garlic, homemade mayonnaise, anchovies, 2 Tbsp. of Cheese, Worcestershire, homemade mustard, lemon juice, and seasoning. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add 3 cloves quartered garlic to the hot oil and stir until golden brown.  Then remove garlic from the pan.
  3. Add in the day old bread cubes to the oiled pan and cook turning frequently until lightly browned.  Then remove croutons from pan.
  4. Place torn lettuce into a large bowl and toss with dressing, remaining cheese, and croutons.
  5. Enjoy as an appetizer or add in some protein for a hardier Caesar salad recipe.

Classic Caesar Salad Recipe

Caesar Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 Clove Organic Microplaned Garlic
  • Homemade Anchovy Paste (to taste)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. Fresh Organic Lemon Juice
  • 2 Raw Pastured Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp. Homemade Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. of Microplaned Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • Optional:  Sea Salt to taste
  • Few Tbsp. (enough to emulsify dressing) of Cold-Pressed Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This is the classic way to make a caesar salad recipe.  And yes, a classic Caesar salad dressing is made with anchovies.

To get the best taste from your Caesar dressing, make your own anchovy paste and your own mustard.

Instructions:

  1. Whisk garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, egg yolks, and mustard together.  Then whisk in the cheese and any seasoning.
  2. Then slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking until an emulsion is created.  Adjust flavors as needed.
  3. Toss the Caesar dressing sparingly with your dry torn romaine lettuce.  Top with additional cheese if you desire.

Immersion Blender Caesar Dressing Recipe

Caesar Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Room Temperature Raw Pastured Egg
  • 5 Tbsp. of Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Organic Crushed Garlic Clove
  • 6 Anchovies in Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tsp. Organic Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Spicy Homemade Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Organic Lemon Juice
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 oz. of Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese or Organic Parmesan

You can keep this immersion blender Caesar salad dressing in your refrigerator until your ready to dress your Caesar salad in a few hours.

Instructions:

  1. Put ingredients into a tall glass cylinder cup and blend ingredients using a hand immersion blender.  Use an up and down motion to emulsify the Caesar salad dressing. 

What is Anchovy Paste?

Anchovy paste usually comes in a tube and is usually very salty, so you won't need too much anchovy paste to flavor your Caesar salad.  If you have the time, it would be much better to just make your own anchovy paste - it's very easy.

Most stores will carry a decent brand of cured anchovies for you to make an anchovy paste.  Look for anchovies packed in real olive oil.

It is also best to buy your anchovies packed in a jar to avoid metal contamination or a metal like taste.

This tiny fish is found all over the Mediterranean and at the Pacific Coast of the United States. By the way, anchovies are not the same as sardines.  This cold water fish is a good source of protein, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, and selenium.

How to Make Anchovy Paste

To make anchovy paste - remove anchovies from the container and put into a small blender.

You can use a little food processor, bullet blender, or a mortar and pestle to make an anchovy paste.

Then add a little good quality olive oil and blend the anchovies with the olive oil to make a paste.

How to Make Anchovies Less Salty

If your a fan of anchovies, but not a fan of salt (like me) - you may want to remove some of the saltiness that comes with anchovies before making your anchovy paste.

Basically, you pour milk or water completely over the salty anchovies.  Then you let them soak for 10 minutes before draining off the liquid.  Then you soak them 1 more time - this time for 20 minutes.  Remove the anchovies and rinse carefully with clean water.  Let them dry on non-toxic paper towels.  Then make your anchovy paste.

How to Make Mustard - from Mustard Seeds

Learning how to make mustard basically involves two different types of mustard seeds - yellow and black mustard seeds.  And the yellow is the less pungent or spicy of the two.

You can be very creative when you make mustard for your Caesar salad recipes.  Once you have your basic homemade mustard, you can create more mustard variations by adding in crushed garlic, honey, caraway seeds, or herbs.

  1. First, soak your mustard seeds in some sort of vinegar for 24 to 48 hrs.  When seeds are done soaking, add in flavored vinegar, wine, and sea salt (if you like).
  2. Blend everything in a food processor or high speed blender until the desired consistency is reached or until a thick mustard paste.
  3. Then transfer your homemade mustard into a capped glass jar and let sit for a day or two in the refrigerator to mature.

Creating unique mustard recipes is how to make a Caesar salad recipe with your very own touch.

Remember, different herbs, sweeteners, wines, beers, and spices will change the flavor of your homemade mustard recipes. 

You can even learn how to make a lacto-fermented mustard!

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