Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rosie Makes A Simple Salad.

 Rosie is making a simple salad for lunch today.
Iceberg lettuce wedge,
little bits of bacon,
lemon-thyme croutons,
and bleu cheese dressing.

Please join Rosie in her kitchen.
I promise we'll have fun.

I'm starting with the lemon-thyme croutons.

 I zested 1/2 of the lemon.
I love that little Zyliss peeler.
I can peel a tomato with it.

 I covered the peel in water and ...
 ...  brought it to a boil.
Refresh with cold water and repeat twice.

 I tore a small loaf of French bread into pieces.

 I minced the lemon zest and six sprigs worth of thyme leaves.

 Melt 5 TB butter in a medium skillet
and add in torn bread, thyme, and zest.

 Toss to coat.
 Cook until golden brown and crisp.
Season with a little sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
NOTE: This one is a keeper.
Loved the croutons.

 Fry up some bacon bits.
Drain and set aside.

On to the dressing.
 Bleu Cheese Dressing
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 TB red wine vinegar
1 ounce bleu cheese
 Kosher salt

Combine all ingredients except salt in a blender
and purée until very smooth.
Season with salt to taste.

 I'm using my Magic Bullet.
And Rosie can be messy.
Just ask Mr. Hawthorne.
 Now, here comes the fun part -
my iSi Brushed Stainless Steel Gourmet Whip Plus.

I'd previously used this for
for siphon battered onion rings, mushrooms, and green beans.
See the post here.
The bleu cheese dressing is just fine by itself.
Just crumble the cheese into the other ingredients,
taste-testing for salt.
It doesn't need to be puréed and foamed,
but since we have a new toy,
I'm going to purée and foam away.
Insert an N
O cartridge.

 Well, that was anti-climactic.

So I recharged my siphon with another cartridge and continued.
What fun!

Rosie has mastered bleu cheese foam.

Think of a bleu cheese cloud.
The lemon/thyme croutons pair perfectly
with the dressing.

And the bacon?
Well, it's bacon.
Life is better with bacon.
And the more bacon the better.

We love our new toy.
I'm making fun food!


Marilyn said...

So, who got to clean up the mess?

Rosie Hawthorne said...

I think you know damn well who. ; )

Marilyn said...

It figures!