Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad
Serves 4-6

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste from 1 medium clove (see note)
1/2—3/4 loaf ciabatta, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 5 cups) (see note)
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon table salt
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 teaspoon garlic paste from 1 large clove
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice (1 to 2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
6 anchovy fillets (1 tablespoon), patted dry with paper towels, minced fine, and mashed to paste with fork
2 large organic egg yolks (use pastured eggs, if nervous)
5 tablespoons cold-pressed avocado oil
5 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1-1/2 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 3/4 cup)
Ground black pepper

2-3 romaine hearts, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick slices, rinsed, and dried very well (8 to 9 lightly pressed cups)

Combine 1 tablespoon oil and garlic paste in small bowl; set aside. Place bread cubes in large bowl. Sprinkle with water and salt. Toss, squeezing gently so bread absorbs water. Place remaining 4 tablespoons oil and soaked bread cubes in 12-inch nonstick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until browned and crisp, 7 to 10 minutes.

Remove skillet from heat, push croutons to sides of skillet to clear center, add garlic/oil mixture to clearing and cook with residual heat of pan, 10 seconds. Sprinkle with Parmesan; toss until garlic and Parmesan are evenly distributed. Transfer croutons to bowl; set aside.

Whisk garlic paste and 2 tablespoons lemon juice together in large bowl. Let stand 10 minutes.

Whisk Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, and egg yolks into garlic/lemon juice mixture. While whisking constantly, drizzle canola oil and extra virgin olive oil into bowl in slow, steady stream until fully emulsified. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and pepper to taste; whisk until incorporated.

Add romaine to dressing and toss to coat. Add croutons and mix gently until evenly distributed. Taste and season with up to additional 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Serve immediately, passing remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan separately.