American Lamb Caesar Salad
American Lamb Caesar Salad
American Lamb Caesar Salad

American Lamb Caesar Salad

    

February 23, 2016

Edward Leonard
Vice President/Corporate Chef
Le Cordon Bleu Schools in North America

  • Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients

Lamb

6 lbs American Lamb blade chops

6 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp Fresh lemon juice

To taste Kosher salt

To taste Crushed red pepper flakes

18 Stalks fresh rosemary

Caesar Dressing

3 Garlic, minced

9 White anchovy filets

Pinch of Salt and pepper

6 tbsp Pasteurized egg yolks

6 tbsp Fresh lemon juice

6 tbsp Water

1 tbsp Mint

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 cups Extra virgin olive oil

Pitas

12 Pita breads

To taste Kosher salt and pepper

6 Clarified butter

3 Heart of romaine

3/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated

Salad Mix

6 tbsp Tomatoes, diced

6 tbsp Kalamata olives, diced

6 tbsp Feta cheese, crumbled

6 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

36 White anchovies

Directions

LAMB

1Trim lamb of any extra fat and remove bones. Pound lamb chops between 2 pieces of paper until thin; cut into 12 cutlets. Season with oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper flakes. Place one-half of the rosemary on a baking dish; place lamb cutlets on the rosemary. Place remaining rosemary on top; marinate for 20 minutes. Grill lamb cutlets over high heat for 2 minutes on each side; reserve.

CAESAR DRESSING

1In a small food processor, add garlic, anchovy filets and a pinch of salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. Add the pasteurized yolks, lemon juice, water, mint and yogurt; process for 30 seconds. While the processor is running, slowly add the oil to form an emulsion. Remove the mixture from the processor and place in a small bowl. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Reserve for service.

PITAS

1Season each side with kosher salt and pepper and drizzle with melted clarified butter. Place bread onto a wire rack then onto a baking sheet. Toast at 350ºF until golden brown. Reserve for service.

ROMAINE

1Place dressing in a squirt bottle. Holding the heart of romaine lettuce upright, dress the inside and outside of the lettuce. Wrap the dressed romaine heart in plastic wrap tightly to form a cylinder. Refrigerate 1/2 hour to hold its shape.

PARMIGIANO COOKIES

1Place silicone mat onto a baking sheet. Using a 4-inch round mold to keep a circular shape, sprinkle cheese onto mat, repeating 12 times. Bake at 350°F for 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese has slightly browned. Allow to cool; remove.

SALAD

1Mix tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and olive oil well.

ASSEMBLE

1Place a pita in the center of each plate. Top with grilled lamb cutlet. Cut each head of romaine into 4 equal slices about 1-1/2 to 2 inches thick. Place a romaine round on top of each lamb slice. Top each romaine with the salad mix. Top with Parmigiano cookie. Roll each anchovy and place 3 on each plate. Drizzle with remaining Caesar dressing and extra virgin olive oil.

Recipe provided by the American Lamb Board

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