Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hay Hay It's Donna Day #12: Potato Caesar


I know I am bordering on almost practically late, but before the deadline is totally upon me, let me quickly share my entry for this month’s Hay Hay it’s Donna Day.

What with all the mousses and cheesecakes we blissfully devoured during the last two rounds, it was time for something lighter…like a salad. A Caesar Salad to be exact, decreed our lovely host for HHDD #12, Katie of Other People’s Food. Not to be limited with just a traditional Caesar, Katie encouraged us to bring her anything with “the main elements of Caesar”.

And that is when all thoughts of “light” flew right out my window.

Behold, the Potato Caesar.

In one fell swoop I tossed everything that makes a Caesar salad what it is, and kept only the three most fattening: the dressing, the bacon, and the carbs (and why crouton when you can potato?). I love me :)

Potato Caesar

  • 1/2 the quantity of the dressing found here.
  • 400 grams marble potatoes
  • 5 strips bacon

- Clean the potatoes and place them in a saucepan where they are completely submerged in water. Boil until just tender, then drain and let cool completely.
- While the potatoes are boiling, make half the quantity of the dressing found here.
- Fry bacon until crispy, drain on paper towels, then crumble.
- Cut each potato in half, place in a bowl, and toss with the dressing and most of the crumbled bacon.
- Save a little of the bacon bits to sprinkle on top before serving.
- Serves 4-5 as a side.

This is a great way to vary a regular potato salad. Donna’s Caesar dressing was excellent! I whipped it up with my immersion blender and I licked everything clean (not the blade part…please do not attempt). I will definitely make it for a proper Caesar salad soon...and more than once. Perhaps even as a condiment for sandwiches. We had some of this with the burgers I made for Paul’s Big Burger Ballyhoo.


Gattina said...

Joey, oh mine, you're so humourous :) I have a soft spot on potato.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love potatoes and your salad looks just perfect! A wonderful recipe that is very comforting....

ChichaJo said...

Hi Gattina! I've got a soft spot for potatoes too, and when I was a kid I would insist on potatoes as a respectable vegetable substitute! :)

Hi Rosa! Thanks :) Potatoes do have that homey, comforting quality about them...

katrina said...

Potatoes, bacon, egg, cheese...what's not to love?!

Hey, I happened to see some sage in Rustan's last night and snatched it up to make your Sage&Butter Pasta. But when I looked at the recipe again, I realized I should've also bought a lemon. I'll try and get some later because I don't know how long the sage will stay you?

By the way, do you get more use out of your immersion blender, or a food processor? I have neither and although everyone says I should have the latter (too lazy to chop/slice,etc), the former looks like such a cool tool, too. And it would be easier to clean, wouldn't it?

M.Tan said...

Now that's a salad!

christine said...

What a great way to use casear! I could almost taste it just by looking at that beautiful photo.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! Yes, sage is back on the shelves :) I store mine loosely wrapped in a paper towel in a ziplock bag, inside the crisper of the ref. It should keep for 4-5 days. As for the appliances: I use my immersion blender a lot more simply because it's more convenient...easier to use and clean (much). Also, when you are blitzing soups and such, no need to transer, you just blitz it in the pot (after it has cooled a bit!). It's also good for dips. That being said the food processor can do more...chop, slice, grate, can even mix pastry, pasta, and cakes in it. So it all depends on what you do most and what you are trying to avoid ;) Check out Rustans and SM because they have stick blenders now with different attachments that do more than mine :)

Hey M! Thanks! :)

Hi Nens! Thanks! It’s a great way to rework a regular potato salad too :)

Fredda said...

what another wonderful idea for potatoes! the dressing looks pretty complicated but I'm willing to give it a try.

I will start stocking up on my kitchen shelves this week anyway (I'll be moving out and living alone with a tiny kitchen all to myself ^^)I guess I can find the ingredients in the mall- Im just curious about the Dijon mustard. where do you get yours, chichajo?

I'm excited to try it!!! thanks~

angelika said...

Bacon ! Potatoes ! Dressing ! All things I can easily indulge in, and again we are of the same kind. Have a good start into the new week, Joex !

carol said...

Great idea! I'll cheat by using Toscana Caesar Salad dressing from Santi's :-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Fredda! The dressing is not as complicated as it give it a try, it's really good! :) How exciting! No matter how small the kitchen, living on your own is a wonderful adventure! I get my Dijon mustard either at Rustans or Santi's (or Metro at Market! Market!) can also try the groceries near where you are :)

Hi Angelika! Yes, we do like the same things :) I hope you have a good week as well!

Hi Carol! This homemade one is really tasty...and making your own means you can control the different flavors, like how much anchovies or garlic go in it :) That being said, we would all be so lucky as to have time to whip dressings up from scratch everyday...My favorite "short cut" is Toscana's Creamy French (I get it from Santi's too!) ;)

Barbara said...

Brilliant entry Joey...and I love your humour too. Thanks for joining us.

the philosphical bastard said...

i'm a sucker for potatoes. too bad i can only make mashed potatoes.

Freya and Paul said...

Potatoes and dressing - sounds perfect!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Barbara! As always, it's was a pleasure :)

Hi PB! If you can make mashed you can make this too!

Hey Freya! Thanks! Perfect for me :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Wow, Joey! Your idea is fabulous! I love potatoes and this is an interesting way of making them!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Patricia! Thanks! I like potatoes too...and this really gives a little kick to the usual potato salad :)

Helen said...

What a fun post, and full of my favorites: bacon, creamy dressing, potato....I love the recipe! Thanks for sharing.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Helen! Glad you enjoyed it :) I love all that stuff too :)

filled said...

what is the exact dressing ingridient of the potato ceasar?? i really want to know...coz i cant make it right

ChichaJo said...

Hi Filled! The recipe is in the link but here are the ingredients:
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 anchovy fillets
¼ finely grated parmesan cheese
½ cup (4 fl oz.) vegetable oil

Put all the ingredients except the oil in a food processor. Process while adding the oil slowly down the tunnel until smooth :)

Hope this works!