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Caesar Salad With Parmesean Twill

Caesar Salad With Parmesean Twill
★★★   827 votes

This simplified version of Caesar salad consists of romaine hearts, reggiano Parmesan cheese, double smoked bacon, balsamic vinegar, and honey. Traditionally, Caesar salad is made with romaine lettuce and croutons with a dressing made with lemon juice, olive oil, shredded Parmesan cheese, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. In modern version it is often sprinkled with bacon bits. In this simple gourmet recipe, Caesar salad is presented with a flare—Parmesan strips shaped into twills for an elegant touch.

Although the dish looks like something from a fine restaurant, it isn’t difficult to prepare and harkens back to Caesar Cardini’s original 1924 creation while still offering up something new and exciting. To reduce the balsamic vinegar to create the glaze for this dish, simply pour a bottle of the vinegar in a saucepan, bring it to a simmer, and let the amount of liquid in the pan reduce by half. This process intensifies the flavor of the vinegar.

Today, there are many variations of Caesar salad. Some use anchovies instead of Worcestershire sauce to give the dressing more bite while others like to add fresh crushed garlic for a delightful tang. In some recipes, Caesar salad is topped with grilled chicken, seafood, or steak. In some Mexican restaurants, croutons are substituted with tortilla strips and sometimes Cotija cheese is used instead of Parmesan. Tomatoes are also added to the salad.

Other common variations for Caesar salad include a variety of lettuce or other kinds of lettuce like iceberg or butter lettuce. Grilled fish or shellfish can also be added to the salad, as well as capers or olives. Others like to use Romano cheese instead of Parmesan. Caesar salad is often served tableside where the salad is tossed in front of the guests for dramatic flair and entertainment. Showmanship was part of the service.

4-6
10-15 min
20-30 min
Ingredients
  • 1 head of romaine hearts
  • ½ cup finely grated reggiano parmasean cheese
  • 2 slices double smoked bacon
  • 2 cups of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs honey

1

Trim and wash romaine lettuce leaves. Pat dry with paper towel. On a baking sheet lay out your Parmesan cheese, lengthwise, about 8 inches by 1 inch. Place cheese in 350 degree F oven, for 6 to 7 minutes, until melted and slightly browning.

2

Remove from oven, let cool for 30 seconds. Using tongs or a palette knife remove the strip of cheese from the baking tray and roll around a mug or glass, putting the seam underneath the weight of the glass, while it rests, making sure it adheres, and let cool.

3

On the same baking tray, lay out two pieces of double smoked bacon flat. Place another baking tray of equal size on top, and bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

4

Remove from the oven and take the top tray off. Lay bacon out on paper towel and pat dry excess grease. Bacon should be dark, fully cooked and after one minute out of the oven should be crispy.

5

Whisk together the reduced balsamic vinegar and honey. In a salad bowl toss the lettuce leaves in the salad dressing. Arrange on serving plates and top with Parmesan cheese and bacon strips. Serve.

Restaurant Name
Ottawa Marriotte Hotel.
Restaurant Address
Canada, Ottawa, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ONK1P 5R7
Restaurant Phone
613 783 4229
Chef Name
Timothy Barton
 
Reviews (3)
Rosaura
The parmesan twill was baked perfectly, with the greens and bacon incorporated with it makes the perfect conclusion! I tried my flair in this and it is a little complicated especially on making the twill. A little misjudged move will make you redo the steps. But after so many twist and turns and tries, I did it and was worth it. Every health conscious people and cheese aficionados will surely love this recipe!
, February 28, 2012
marcie
Love cooking that’s why I'm finding ways to improve my cooking abilities, I’m glad I found this site , the recipe above was wonderful , I made it for my family and they told me it was delicious!! Thanks,
, February 27, 2012
john
There is only half of a recipe I cant make it? You think the video is going to show you how to make the recipe but its about something totaly different? Dont try to join because you cant? Get it togeather or dont bother
, December 18, 2011