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Alternative to plain ole bacon bits in Cesars?

post #1 of 10
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We never automatically put Bacon bits in our cesars.. it used to be hold the bacon for a few years. We've had a resurgence in ppl wanting bacon. Does anyone do anything different in terms of bacon bits for cesars? Different flavours? We already do homemade tortilla chips for Croutons.. so would like to know if anyone does anything different...
post #2 of 10
You mean a caesar salad? Never seen bacon bits in one, although I guess a sprinkling of pancetta might be interesting...
post #3 of 10
Caesar's Salad? With bacon!?!

Sorry, I'm an "old fogey" and Caesar's Salad does NOT have bacon in it! Nor does it have chicken, shrimp, beef, or any other protein.

Can you put bacon on (in) a Caesar's Salad? Sure, you can, just don't call it "Caesar's Salad"!

Call it "Bacon laced Caesar's Salad" or "Caesar's Salad with Bacon Crumbles" or whatever, but DON'T call it "Caesar's Salad"!
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post #4 of 10
Bacon?!

Reading between the lines, I gather it's common in your area. Where are you located? While not approving, I can see some method to the bacon madness as a substitute for anchovy strips, which (sadly) have become very unpopular.

Tell you what. I'll re-post my recipe for an ultra-traditional Caesar salad (of the mid-fifties, perfect with maritnis persuasion), if you post the recipe you use. Deal?

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post #5 of 10
umm...at the risk of offending the diehard cesar fans..have u tried baking thin slices of prosciutto to a nice crispy texture. It's delicious and can be either placed on top like a crispy wafer or crumble it for a "bits" effect. can also be deep fried, but it tends to curl and I feel the flavor gets contaminated from the oil a bit.
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post #6 of 10
In both Australia and Briton bacon is a common ingredient in Caeser Salads. I know here (Australia) there'd be complaints if it was omitted.
post #7 of 10
You can't have caesar salad without proteins, mainly egg and anchovies!

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post #8 of 10
Whoops, I DID say I was "old", right:lol:

OK, so the eggs and anchovies are ALL the protein a Caesar's Salad needs, is that better:beer:?
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post #9 of 10
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yup in Canada, Bacon bits are the norm. I might have screamers in the Dining room if an anchovy was located in a salad. We pulverise them in the dressing so you can't see it. I'm going to see if Sysco carried Applewood Smoked Bacon... maybe work as som ething different.
I also have a customer who likes equal amounts chopped tomato and romaine in his cesar.
I personally like very thinly sliced red onion in mine....hold the bacon pls
post #10 of 10
I still wouldn't call it a Caesar Salad. Maybe it can be called a salad with caesar dressing.

Didn't we JUST have a discussion on authenticity? And here I am being a stickler.

I recently read someone's recipe for "moussaka" and it contained star anise, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella, everything but the kitchen sink. It's kind of like a moussaka and in that yes you throw a bunch of stuff in a roasting pan in a moussaka-ish way but it does not resemble any of the regional versions of moussaka served in Greece.

Culinarily speaking a Caesar salad is so temperamentally balanced between sweet romaine, rich aioli, and salty anchovies/parmesan that I think adding bacon to it just upsets that whole balance of the classic Caesar dragging it down the salty route. In order to accommodate one might have to add something sweet to the dressing like honey and now we're way off Caesar, see what I mean? And how does one pronounce tortilla in Italian?

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