7.27.2010

Pizza and Caesar Salad

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There's nothing more satisfying than pizza and salad. And beer. The easy thing to do would be to order in. But, why take the easy route when the husband is still obsessively seeking for the perfect pizza dough recipe?

I had little to do with this meal. I sliced the toppings, made the pizza sauce and put together the salad. The dough and the Caesar dressing, the time-consuming tasks, were handled by the husband. I supervised and offered my expertise. Like a consultant. Here's the type of advice I would give - don't over sauce or over top. Things get wet and mushy if you don't restrain yourself. Pretty good, eh?

Caesar Salad Dressing
Adapted from the Food Network

1 clove garlic, smashed with a pinch of salt and a little olive oil
4 anchovy fillets or paste
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 lemons, juiced
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
Freshly ground black pepper

Put the anchovies, egg yolks, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, and water into a blender and process for 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth. With the blender running, pour the olive oil in slowly for the dressing to emulsify. Stir in the Parmesan, a pinch of salt and a couple of grinds of black pepper.

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