Salad "Caesar" - perhaps the most famous inworld salad. For Americans, it means the same as for the Russians salad "Olivier", and for the Greeks - "Greek". Strange as it may seem, his name is not associated with any ancient Roman emperor. The inventor of the recipe was an American semi-mafiosi of Italian descent named Caesar Cardini. With his light hand, then appeared and a recipe salad "Caesar with chicken."
How it all began
He was the owner of a restaurant, a hotel and an undergrounda casino, located in the town of Tijuana, 20 km from the US border. Business prospered, as wealthy Americans gathered there to enjoy plenty of alcohol (a "dry law" was introduced in the United States in the 20s of the 20th century, and Mexico did not apply it). July 4, 1924 - on the Independence Day of the United States - valiant clerks came to the hotel from Hollywood: celebrate the holiday. There was a lot of alcohol, and with food there were problems. The savvy came to the rescue, and resourceful Caesar, without knowing it, invented a salad, which later became a "classic" of American cuisine. Here's what he did:
- rubbed a salad bowl from inside with garlic,
- on her bottom and sides put the leaves of a green salad,
- sprinkled with olive oil,
- added an egg, which was boiled exactly 1 minute in steep boiling water,
- chopped Parmesan cheese,
- put in a bowl a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice,
- cut into cubes croutons of white bread, roasted in an oven in olive oil,
- abundantly sprinkled a salad with herbs (preference was given to tarragon and basilica),
- drank some Worcester sauce,
- all quickly mixed until the full wrapping of ingredients with dressing, laid out in plates and served on the table.
This is a classic version of the recipe for Caesar salad. After a while, Cardini's brother Alex, began to add anchovies to the dish, and a bit later the chicken was added to the ingredients. "Caesar" with anchovies was called "Aviator's Salad", since Alex Cardini participated in the Second World War as a pilot. The recipe for this delicate salad has its secrets. One of them inherited Caesar Cardini from his mother: an egg for refilling is cooked exactly one minute in boiling water, and then it cools down for 10-15 minutes. 2-3 hours before cooking, eggs should be taken from the refrigerator to reach room temperature. Here is such an unpretentious story of the origin of this simple, but extremely tasty salad.
But how is the classic "Caesar withchicken ". For him we need: 1 city bun (fresh), a pound of chicken fillet, 1 kitten of salad, 6-7 cherry tomatoes, 100 g of Parmesan cheese, a pair of cloves of garlic, olive oil. The refueling will require: 3 eggs, a couple tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 small spoon of mustard, salt and pepper, olive oil, garlic (2 cloves). Cooking process:
- On a baking sheet, smeared with olive oil, pour a bun cut into small cubes, fry until dry (do not forget to mix periodically).
- At this time, we heat olive oil in a frying pan and fry garlic on it. Then we remove it, and in the oil we cook crackers.
- Finely chop the chicken and fry in vegetable oil. When the fillet is ready, salt it.
- Cook the eggs, separate the proteins from the yolks.
- Yolks on a small grater or mash with a fork, put in the yolk mixture mustard, lemon juice, pressed garlic and olive oil. It will be a salad dressing.
- Grind the cheese in any convenient way.
- We cut tomatoes in half.
- In a deep bowl, lay the leaves of the lettuce, in turn we put cherry and chicken on top and fill it with dressing.
- All mixed, at the end we add crackers and cheese.
By the way, Caesar Cardini after a successful debut withrecipe, later began to spread crackers in the already mixed salad. If you do not have time to fuss with refueling, and guests are literally on the doorstep, you can shorten the time of making a recipe and fill the classic salad with mayonnaise, and instead of the home ones, buy ready-made crunches. Naturally, the taste of the dish will be very different.
Variations on the theme "Caesar with chicken"
In recent years, cooking has appearedoptions for creating a classic salad "Caesar with chicken." We bring to your attention some of them. "Caesar with chicken and mushrooms" is very easy to prepare, but incredibly tasty salad. Boil the meat of half the chicken and tear it into fibers. Head a lettuce and divide into leaves. Boil the chopped mushrooms (0.3 kg). You can buy canned. 100 g of Parmesan cheese finely grate. Take a separate bowl. Thoroughly mix it 4-5 tablespoons spoons of mayonnaise, cheese, a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 crushed cloves of garlic, 20 g anchovy paste (to taste). So we prepared the gas station. On the dish lay the lettuce leaves, place on top of the chicken, mushrooms and tomatoes. Then mayonnaise dressing evenly across the top of a salad, close the tray or another dish and put in the refrigerator for 4 hr. Mix before serving.
A bit exotic
"Caesar with chicken breast and shrimps" RecipeThis dish is suitable for those who like a tender combination of chicken and seafood. And the cooking process combines classic and modern culinary techniques. Necessary ingredients: 400 g of chicken white meat, a glass of boiled and peeled shrimp, green salad, 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, 1 fresh bun, 2 eggs, half a glass of olive oil, a bit of mustard, balsamic vinegar, a couple of cloves of garlic, 2 teaspoons spoons of sugar, spices (basil, oregano, thyme, pepper), salt. We will cook this way:
"Caesar with chicken and avocado" A bitThe exotic and unusual name gives the salad a halo of mystery. In fact, this is - one of the simple recipes of "Caesar" and takes a minimum of time. 4 chicken breasts sprinkle with spices according to your taste and send under the grill for 15 minutes. In the oven, make crumbs of white bread sprinkled with salt, garlic and herbs (oregano, basil, tarragon). Cut the lettuce (2 pieces), avocado and mix them with chicken and croutons. For this type of "Caesar" any salad dressing, including one that is prepared for the classic version, will do. Caesar salad with chicken and Adyghe cheese All those who adore Caucasian cuisine will be delighted with this recipe: a combination of salted Adyghe cheese, crispy salad and tender chicken. You will need: 1 chicken fillet, green salad, 2 tomatoes, ready-made bread rolls or make them yourself, 150 g of Adyghe cheese, salt, Cheese Caesar sauce.
- Fry or boil the chicken, salt and pepper.
- Cheese and tomatoes cut into cubes.
- Cut the salad leaves and put them on the dish.
- Add the chicken, cheese and tomatoes.
- Mix everything and season with sauce.
"Caesar with chicken breast in Moroccan style" Cooksfrom the hot country of Morocco decided to compete with the Americans and show that they also know how to invent no less delicious salads. For the preparation of the Moroccan version of Caesar we need: 4 chicken fillets, olive oil - 150 grams, salad, 50 g fresh mint, 30 g honey, 100 g sour cream, 1 lemon and 1 roll of white bread. The main "highlight" of this recipe is the sauce for pouring.
Simple, nutritious and tasty
"Caesar with chicken and feta" This delicious recipe for fans of diets and slim figure. Low-calorie "Caesar" is prepared as follows:
- on very slow fire are prepared from a roll of crackers,
- boiled white chicken meat,
- salad, feta cheese (200 g) and cherry tomatoes (3-4 pieces) are cut, 100 g of Parmesan are rubbed,
- lettuce leaves are laid out on plates, on top - chicken, tomatoes, feta cheese and croutons. Salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with Parmesan.
"Caesar with chicken in pita bread" If the previous onesalad is good for keeping the aspen waist, this recipe will appeal to men and those who like to eat tightly. By the way, something similar can be found on the Mac'Donalds network. Necessary components: 2 thin lavash, 400 g fillet chicken, 100 grams of salad, 3 tbsp. l. grated parmesan, half a glass of olive oil, 40 g of wine vinegar, 1 tbsp. mustard (preferably with grains), salt, spices, mayonnaise (optional), 1 garlic clove. Chicken fry in oil, salt and pepper, cut diagonally. In the blender we make a sauce: olive oil, mustard, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper. In the pita bread we spread the leaves of the lettuce, then the chicken, pour the sauce and wrap it in an envelope or roll. This version of "Caesar" can be taken for a picnic, prepared the sauce and fillets in advance, and the rolls are made by arriving at the place. "Caesar with chicken and mustard sauce" The abundance of vitamins in this classic and simple recipe can only be envied. Prepare for the salad: half the head of the cabbage, half the package of a mixture of lettuce leaves (sold in any large supermarket), 5 tomatoes, half a loaf of white bread, a couple of cloves of garlic, 200 ml of olive oil, 5 eggs, 4 tablespoons of ready-made mustard, 4 yolks , 30 g of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of anchovies, spices.
Having developed a fantasy, you can experiment with ingredients and sauces and invent options, because the technology of preparing a classic salad is already known to you. Bon Appetit!