Sunday, August 9, 2009

Anchovy Lover's Caesar Dressing ~

So easy because you just place everything in a food processor and blend! I like this best within a few hours of making it; cover and refrigerate until serving time. I use very sparingly as it is intensely flavored. It's great on romaine leaves as in a traditional Caesar salad, and also drizzled on steamed vegetables or Salad Niçoise.

Anchovy Lover's "Caesar" Dressing

With processor running, drop the following into the work bowl to mince:

-2 or 3 cloves garlic, peeled
-1 small shallot(to equal about 2 teaspoons minced), peeled and cut into quarters
-Fresh Italian parsley leaves, (the leaves from about 5 or 6 sprigs of parsley, rinsed and dried of moisture.)

Then add the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth:

-1 can anchovies in oil, the entire contents of the can ~ oil and all
(1 weight watcher's point); you can reduce the amount of anchovies if you like
-Juice of 1 medium size lemon
-2 generous teaspoons Dijon mustard
-1 to 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
-2 to 3 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, Romano, or Dry Jack cheese
-Freshly ground pepper to taste

Note: After ingredients have been pureed, taste; add a splash of red wine vinegar if you desire more acidity.

Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time. I like it best within 8 hours of preparing it.

Recipe is adapted from one I saw on This Mama Cooks blog.
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