Saturday, January 6, 2018

Caesar Dressing

I will admit, I turned up my nose on this recipe when I first found it on the internet, knowing that "real" caesar dressing does not include mayo.
Except, this is SO delicious, and easy... and won't freak anyone out with a raw egg in it like the traditional classic caesar.  It tastes so much like the Girard's bottled caesar you buy at Costco, or grocery store.

I'd say try it, what have you got to lose?
In full disclosure, I used the entire 2 oz can of anchovies in my second try of this recipe, but we are major anchovy fans, so I would suggest you try it with less first. My hubby is so in love with this dressing, he's been asking me to make it again and again! We even slathered it on salmon fillets one night and baked it, and it was yum!

Yes, I did use bottled lemon juice, don't judge... it was all I had, which is exactly why I have it in the fridge, for just such an emergency.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

2 garlic cloves minced
4-6 white anchovy fillets, or 2 tsp anchovy paste (or more to taste)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup of mayo
1/2 cup parmiggiano-reggiano
Fresh ground pepper

I threw all ingredients into a blender and blended until smooth.  It is that easy.
If the dressing is too thick, you can add a bit of water, as needed.  I'd do that as you used it, and not do it all at once though. I normally put the dressing in the bottom of an empty bowl, add a bit of water, throw in the lettuce and toss.  Add croutons if desired.

I didn't add anything to the salad except a mixture of romaine and spinach, and then tossed it in the caesar dressing.  Delicious!

I rarely buy salad dressing, it is so much easier, cheaper and more delicious to make yourself.
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Paper Airplane Martini

A little paper airplane won't hurt you, now will it?
LOL, better be careful with these, they are strong and yummy, and taste like one more!

I had this cocktail first at the Amaro Bistro in Bothell, but apparently the Paper Airplane cocktail was invented about 10 years ago by a famous NY bartender, Sam Ross.  It's said to "take the math out of mixing"- from the easy 4 equal measures.  Kind of a whiskey sour with a wonderful herbal complexity of the amaro.

Makes 1 big martini

1 ounce bourbon or rye whiskey (I used Bullet Rye)
1 ounce Nonino amaro (bittersweet Italian liqueur)
1 ounce Aperol (bitter orange Italian aperitif)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice

As you can see below, I squeezed two meyer lemons and got 2 ounces of juice, therefore, it was easy to add 2 ounces of each of the other ingredients (magic potions) to make a batch for two. 

In a shaker filled with ice, add all the ingredients and shake, shake, shake.  Strain into martini glasses and enjoy!

Note: On first taste, my hubby said "it's pretty bitter", which is from the two types of amaro.  Mixed with the whiskey and lemon juice it is the right amount of sweet, tart and bitter (and booze).  On second taste, he said "it's totally fine".
I agree, a paper airplane is totally fine.

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