by Cassie Sciortino
Homemade Caesar dressing has been my saving grace when it comes to using up my CSA veggies. Sturdy lettuces filling my fridge? Toss ‘em with Caesar! A mish mash of seemingly random greenery in my crisper? Sauté them together, add brown rice, drizzle with dressing, and voila- dinner is served. My favorite iteration so far, however, is this one: roasted cauliflower, citrus-laced breadcrumbs, and salty, piquant Caesar. Once the broccoli starts arriving, I imagine it would make a trusty substitute as well. Best served on a blanket in Tompkins Square Park, sitting in the shade with friends.
Classic Caesar Dressing (from Bon Appétit)
1 small clove garlic
¾ t. Dijon mustard
2 large egg yolks
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
½ c. vegetable oil
3 T. Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper, to taste
Mash garlic with a pinch of kosher salt until reduced to a paste. Add anchovies; mash and chop until well combined and almost smooth. Whisk in Dijon mustard, then egg yolks and lemon juice; whisk to blend. Working drop by drop to start, add extra-virgin olive oil followed by vegetable oil; whisk constantly until dressing is thick and glossy. Whisk in Parmesan. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
For the cauliflower:
1 medium head cauliflower, washed and cut into small florets
2 T. olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400F. Place florets evenly on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle with oil; roast for 20 minutes, tossing the florets once halfway through baking to ensure even browning.
For the breadcrumbs:
4 T. unsalted butter
¾ c. Panko breadcrumbs
1 small clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Zest of ¼ lemon
Seasonal herbs, if desired
When the cauliflower is almost finished roasting, melt the butter in a heavy pan over medium heat. Once melted and hot, add the breadcrumbs, garlic, any desired herbs, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently until the breadcrumbs have browned (about 5-7 minutes). Finish with lemon zest and season to taste.
Toss cauliflower with ¼ c. Caesar dressing (more or less to taste), place on serving dish, and top with breadcrumbs.
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