Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Not On MY Pizza!

So many people claim to not like anchovies. I often hear, "I will eat anything on pizza, except anchovies." I wonder if those who make this claim have ever had an anchovy. Out here on the prairie, anchovies aren't mainstream. They don't even make a bleep on the radar. I dare you to find an anchovy at the local Pizza Hut, Casey's carry-out Pizza, or in Bubba's Bowling Alley. It was even a bit of a treasure hunt to find these salty, little fish during a shopping trip to "the Big City." I am glad to report that the search was worth it; anchovies are a treasure of flavor.

Anchovy paste adds a big punch to a simple vinaigrette of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Of course, there are rich kalamata olives and Parmesan cheese added, but I think it is the anchovy boost that makes the salad sing. It is a very bold flavor over the crisp greens of Romaine lettuce. I dare those who claim to not like anchovies to try some Romaine Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette On THEIR Plate.

Romaine Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette

1 head romaine lettuce
½ cup kalamata olives, pitted and cut in half
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Vinaigrette
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
fresh ground black pepper
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

In a small non-reactive bowl whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients except for the oil.
Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking. Set dressing aside.
Coarsely chop the head of lettuce.
Arrange the chopped lettuce neatly on a serving platter. Garnish with the Kalamata olives and spoon the vinaigrette over the salad.
Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and serve. Add a sprinkle of cracked black pepper.
Or cover and chill until ready to serve. (Serves 6)

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