My favourite part of a dinner is usually the salad.
And yeah. I know that makes me sound like a total girl. But I am a girl. Who likes salad.
Don't get me wrong. I'm also fond of a big hunk of seared steak, a roast chicken and any manner of potatoes.
There's just something fresh and crisp and satisfying about a salad.
For some reason, however, for our big family get together dinners, we don't usually serve salads. If I were to venture a guess I'd say it's because we're lazy. For some reason that one little thing, the salad, is enough to put us all over the edge in terms of what we can handle for a dinner. The fact that we sometimes set each other on fire by accident doesn't help either. Our family dinners are quite spectacular.
It's JUST TOO MUCH I tell you.
The only one who ever served salad with our family dinners was my sister Penelope (not her real name because I heard once you weren't supposed to use your family members real names in blogs ... I have no idea why).
Easter is her holiday, and for Easter dinner she always used to serve these Caesar Salad Leaves. Until she stopped for some unknown reason. They were easy to make, easy to serve and easy to eat. You don't even need an extra fork for them, just your fingers and a mouth. And teeth. Teeth definitely help.
They also make a great appetizer for the exact same reasons. Caesar Salad as a finger food! (I find everything's a finger food when you're alone. 'Cept maybe soup.)
All you need are the smaller inner leaves of some romaine lettuce, some caesar salad dressing and some croutons.
Drizzle your leaves with some salad dressing and drop a few croutons on top. Perhaps top with a little pepper and grated parmesan cheese. AND BACON!! Looking at this picture I JUST realized I forgot the bacon. Please tell me you'll add bacon! Real bacon.
Granted, I was in a bit of a hurry when I was taking these pictures and they don't look nearly as appetizing as they taste, but they're really good.
They're especially good as an appetizer before a big family dinner because they aren't too filling.
There's nothing worse than going to someone's house for dinner and gorging yourself on cheese, polish sausage and crackers to the point of being sickened by the thought of now having to eat an entire meal. Not that I've done that before. I'm always very conscientious about this sort of thing and only eat small lady-like portions of anything presented to me.
Now after I've said all this business about what a great a "pre" dinner snack these little Caesar Salad leaves are, I should let you know ... I actually eat my salad at the end of the meal. Kind of like a leafy dessert.
Because like I said, my favourite part of the dinner is usually the salad. Unless you're serving steak.