Seared Caesar Salad
Last week it was all about Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies are right around the corner and Christmas cookies aren’t too far behind. With all the sweet treats this time of year, I figured it was time to post a good old fashioned salad.
Well, a salad with a twist…
If you are a fan of the classic Caesar Salad, you will love this version. It is a “seared” Caesar Salad! The technique creates what I would describe as a built in crouton. Simply slice a head of romaine lettuce in half and brush on a layer of Ranch of Creamy Caesar dressing. Then press in a combination of panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sear, cut side down in a pan until a crispy crust is formed. Serve warm as a light lunch during this “indulgent” time of year!
Panko bread crumbs (regular or Italian flavor)
Grated Parmesan cheese
Lengthwise halved pieces of Romaine lettuce
Freshly grated black pepper
On a large plate, toss together desired amount of panko crumbs and parmesan, depending on how many romaine leaves you are making. Brush each long piece of romaine (cut side) with some ranch dressing. Firmly press on the crumb mixture the length of the lettuce piece. Heat some olive oil in a large skillet and place romaine leaf, coated side down, into skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until panko crumbs are crispy and leaves just start to soften. To serve, place lettuce coated side up on serving dish; drizzle with extra ranch dressing, if desired. Serve warm.
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