This is a great "Man's salad" to serve guys that won't eat salads. Sell them on the bacon and blue cheese. Plus, you get to grill lettuce. How crazy is that!
I always see these packages of romaine heart lettuce in the store and think "Who's eating this much caesar salad?" So I started looking into what else you can use this stuff for. This recipe is based on one I found at Saveur.com and it was an instant classic.
Ingredients:6 strips Bacon
5 Romaine lettuce hearts
4 oz Blue Cheese
5 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
Ground Black Pepper and Salt to taste
- Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat, turning once for about 10 minutes. Until it's crispy and the fat is rendered. Keep about 2 Tbsp of this "drippings" (fat) for later.
- Remove the bacon to a plate to cool. Once cool, crumble it into small pieces.
- Place the drippings in a small bowl and add the 2 tbsp Olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk until smooth and set aside for later...
Prep the lettuce:
- Cut a thin slice of the root end to remove any brown parts; but not too much as you want the lettuce to stay together.
- Slice the lettuce in half length wise. Remove any lose leaves. It is preferable to have a nice tight lettuce heart.
- I like to drizzle olive oil over the lettuce as this point. Not too much (unless you are from the Mediterranean).
- Heat your BBQ up beyond medium heat. Oil the grill with something like grape seed oil.
- Place the lettuce cut side down on the grill until slightly charred and then turn over. The leaves will be slightly wilted, about 3-4 minutes depending on heat. Watch it close.
- Remove from grill and place on a serving tray with cut side up (this will catch all the goodness to come!)
- Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with the dripping dressing, and crumble the blue cheese and bacon of the top.
This makes a great appy or side salad to many dishes. You can pick it up to eat or use a knife and fork.
Personally anytime you get to grill something that you never would have thought to grill its awesome. Remember that blue cheese goes great with Port. Maybe have a desert that brings in a hint of blue cheese and serve a glass of Port. Oh Ya!