San Fran-Caesar with Homemade Sourdough Croutons

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SAN FRAN-CAESAR W/ HOMEMADE SOURDOUGH CROUTONS
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CROUTONS:
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs butter
3 cups cubed sourdough bread
1 tsp course black pepper
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbs chopped fresh thyme leaves

SALAD DRESSING:
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 lemon juiced
1 tsp tabasco sauce
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

SALAD:
2 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped (7-8 cups)
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and fresh ground pepper
anchovies (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Heat garlic and oil over low heat and melt butter into the oil. Place bread in a large bowl and toss wtih garlic oil and butter. Season with pepper, Parmesan and thyme. Spread croutons evenly on a baking sheet. Bake until crisp and golden- about 15 minutes.

3. In the same bowl in which you made the croutons, combine garlic, lemon juice, tabasco, worcestershire and mustard. Whisk in olive oil.

4. Remove croutons and let cool. When ready to serve, add lettuce to the bowl with the dressing. Toss to coat evenly. Add cheese, salt, pepper and croutons. Toss again. Adjust seasonings and serve, with or without anchovies.

Servings: 6

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