Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs and Bacon

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  Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs and Bacon

 Who doesn’t love a good Caesar salad? One taste of this and you’ll be wondering why you never had eggs in it before now! A great twist on a classic. 

Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs and Bacon

Serves 4 

Cooking time:

Ingredients

  • 1 tablesp. olive oil
  • 3 slices of white or brown bread, cut into cubes
  • 4 smoked rashers, diced
  • 4 eggs for boiling
  • 2 baby gem lettuce, leaves washed and dried
  • Mature Cheddar Cheese for grating

 

Dressing

  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 anchovies, finely chopped
  • 1 teasp. Dijon-style mustard
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 100mls olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To Cook

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the cubes of bread and fry until golden, set aside. In the same pan add the rashers and cook until crispy, set aside.

To cook the eggs: Put the eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for 3-6 minutes depending on how you want your eggs cooked - soft boiled or hard boiled. Remove from the saucepan and put into a bowl of cold water, then when cold enough to handle peel and set aside.

For the dressing: Place the egg, chopped anchovies, mustard, lime juice and garlic in a food processor. Whiz to combine. You can do this by hand if you prefer. Slowly add the oil a few drops at a time, while continuing to whiz until the mixture thickens, taste and season. The dressing should have the consistency of unwhipped cream. If it is too thick, add a teaspoon of warm water.

Roughly tear the lettuce and place in a large mixing bowl. Add 4-5 tablespoons of the dressing and toss well to coat. Add the croutons and bacon and toss again. Cut the boiled eggs into quarters.

Serving Suggestions

Divide the salad into four serving bowls and top with boiled egg quarters. Grate on some cheese and serve immediately.

Any leftover Caesar dressing should be stored in the fridge. It will keep for 1-2 days.