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A Super Classic Summer Caesar Salad –

Ingredients:                                                                                                               

For the Salad:

  • 1 X 2.5 Kg Whole Chicken
  • 400 G Sourdough Bread
  • Olive Oil                                                                                                                                                  
  • 1 Bulb of Garlic
  • 1 X 50 G Tin of Anchovies in Oil
  • 1 Bunch (30g) of Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 2 Fresh Red Chillies
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • 4 Romaine Lettuces
  • 150 G Mixed-Colour Radishes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • ½ (15g) A Bunch of Fresh Chives

 

For the Brine:

  • 4 Tablespoons Black Peppercorns
  • 4 Tablespoons Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Litres Fresh Apple Juice
  • 100 G Sea Salt
  • ½ (15g) A Bunch of Fresh Thyme,
  • 12 Fresh Bay Leaves
  • 6 Dried Red Chillies

For the Caesar Dressing:

  • 50 G Parmesan Cheese, plus extra to serve
  • 1 Teaspoon English Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 250 G Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 Lemon

Method

  • For the brine, toast the peppercorns and fennel seeds in a large pot over a high heat for 1 minute, then add the apple juice, sea salt, thyme and bay.
  • Crumble in the dried chillies and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat, top up with 1 litre of cold water, then leave to cool completely.
  • Use a sharp knife to carefully cut down the back of the chicken so you can open it out flat, then add to the cooled brine (transfer to a bigger container, if needed).
  • Cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge for at least 12 hours, then drain and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.
  • Tear the sourdough into big chunks and put aside. Rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil all over the chicken and place it directly on the bars of the oven, skin-side up, and place a large tray exactly underneath to catch any tasty juices.
  • Roast for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 160ºC/325ºF/gas 3. Add the sourdough to the juices in the tray, then break up the garlic bulb and scatter in the unpeeled cloves, then toss everything together to coat.
  • Roast for 1 hour, or until the chicken is golden and cooked through, tossing the sourdough croutons occasionally for even cooking. Leave the chicken to rest for 30 minutes before carving.
  • Drain the anchovies (saving the oil) and slice in half lengthways, then arrange on a plate in a criss-cross fashion.
  • 10. Finely chop the parsley stalks, reserving the leaves for later. Finely slice the chilli and scatter over the anchovies, along with the parsley stalks. Drizzle over ½ a tablespoon each of the reserved anchovy oil and extra virgin olive oil, then finely grate over half the lemon zest and squeeze over half the juice. Leave to marinate.
  • 11. For the Caesar dressing, finely grate the Parmesan into a bowl, add the mustard, Worcestershire sauce and yoghurt, then whisk to combine.
  • 12. Squeeze in the lemon juice, pour in 8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and mix again. Taste and season to perfection, loosening with a splash of water, if needed.
  • 13. Trim the lettuces and radishes and scrape a fork down the sides of the cucumber. Finely slice the radishes, cucumber, parsley leaves and chives, roughly chop the lettuce and place everything in a large bowl.
  • 14. Arrange the chicken and half the garlicky croutons on a board. Add the remaining croutons to the bowl of salad, pour over half the dressing and toss everything together.
  • 15. Shave over a little Parmesan with a speed-peeler, then bring to the table with the marinated anchovies, chicken, extra croutons and dressing. Let everyone dig in and build their own Caesar salad.

 



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