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Caesar Dressing

Classic Caesar Salad with Homeade Scotch Egg and Crispy Bacon

Preparation Time: 20 mins, Cooking Time: 45 mins

Serves 4


Scotch Egg

  • 4 eggs
  • 300g Cumberlan sausage meat
  • 100g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 1 litre vegetable oil

Caesar Salad

  • 1 medium ciabatta loaf (or 4 thick slices crusty white bread)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large Cos or Romaine lettuce, leaves separated
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 4 bacon rashers
  • 4 tbsp Mary Berry's Caesar Dressing
  1. Boil the eggs in simmering water for 3 minutes, then refresh in cold water and peel.
  2. Divide the sausage meat into 4 patties and wrap evenly around each egg.
  3. Put the breadcrumbs, flour and beaten egg in 3 separate containers. Coat each Scotch egg in flour, then egg, then crumbs.
  4. Heat the oil to 140–150°C in a deep, heavy-based pan. Fry the eggs for 3–4 minutes and drain on kitchen paper.
  5. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Tear 1 medium ciabatta into big, ragged croutons or, if you prefer, cut with a knife .Spread over a baking tray and sprinkle over 2 tbspolive oil. Bake for 8-10 mins, turning the croutons a few times during cooking so they brown evenly.
  6. Meanwhile prepare the tray for the bacon
  7. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the bacon slices on the baking sheet.
  8. Cook the bacon for 18-20 minutes or until it’s as crispy as you’d like.
  9. Remove the bacon from the oven and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Make the salad:

  1. In a mixing bowl add chopped lettuce , pieces of crispy bacon,Parmesan and croutons . Add Caesar dressing and mix gently with two spoons.
  2. Divide into the four plates , add scotch egg and drizzle with extra dressing if desired .


Recipe Hints & Tips

Caesar Pasta - Toast some flaked almonds in a frying pan, toss through cooked pasta - penne or conchiglie - with some crispy prosciutto or Parma ham, olive oil, parsley and seasoning. Stir in 4 tablespoons of Mary Berry’s Caesar Dressing mixed with a tablespoon of cream cheese to thicken. Top with Parmesan shavings and croutons to serve.

Chicken Caesar Wraps - Make quick and easy chicken Caesar wraps with shop-bought roasted chicken breast, sliced then tossed in mayonnaise and Mary Berry’s Caesar Dressing with shredded iceberg lettuce, grated Parmesan, a dash of Tabasco and seasoning. Spoon onto soft flour tortillas and wrap up tight.

Caesar Slaw - Red Cabbage & Fennel - Finely shred red cabbage, carrots, fennel and shallots. Toss in a bowl with Caesar dressing and season to taste.

Chicken & Avocado Fajitas - Layer up some cooked chicken, avocado, cooked peppers and onions along with Mary Berry’s Caesar dressing onto a tortilla wrap, then serve!

Caesar Prawn Skewers - Marinate prawns in Caesar dressing. Skewer prawns, cherry tomatoes, courgette, red onion and peppers, then drizzle with the dressing. Grill and serve.


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