Caesar Salad with Crisp Shredded Pork
- SERVINGS: 4
Chef Alan Wong uses kalua pork—ultratender meat that's been pit-roasted with hot lava rocks—as a savory topping for his version of this ubiquitous salad. As an alternative, try roast pork or duck confit; both are available at specialty shops.
- 1/2 loaf Italian bread, crusts removed, bread cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 anchovy fillet, mashed
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 pound roast pork, coarsely shredded, or two 6-ounce pieces of duck confit, meat removed from the bone and shredded
- 1 large head of romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Toss the bread cubes with 1 tablespoon of the oil and spread on a baking sheet. Toast the croutons for about 10 minutes, or until golden and just crisp.
- In a blender, combine the anchovy, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, lemon juice and vinegar and blend until smooth. With the machine on, add the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil in a slow stream until the dressing is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a medium skillet. Add the pork and cook over high heat until beginning to crisp, about 3 minutes.
- In a large bowl, toss the lettuce and croutons with the dressing. Add the Parmesan and toss again. Top with the pork and serve immediately.
A glass of crisp Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc from New Zealand or California would cut the richness of the shredded pork.