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Old 05-31-2006, 11:15 PM   #1
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Talking Grilled romaine.. so yummy!

I've just been introduced to the most amazing new way to make a caesar salad! I was watching Everyday Italian on Food TV and saw Giada grill halves of romaine lettuce, char them slightly, and then turn them into a caesar salad. I had never heard of this or tried it before but it looked interesting.

Then again, on Food TV, I saw chef Michael Smith grill romaine as well. He cut the romaine heads in half lengthwise, brushed on some olive oil, and then coated the cut halves with fresh, finely grated parmasan cheese and then placed it on the grill. It grilled and warmed the lettuce through and also created a cheesy "crust" on the bottoms. It looked so good so I had to try it - of course. It was amazing! (it was good on it's own with a bit of S&P but I guilded the lily with a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar... yum!)

Anyway, I just wanted to share this because I had never heard of it before! Anyone else had grilled romaine or have any recipes using this technique?


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Old 06-01-2006, 12:45 AM   #2
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That is good food. I was weary at first, but had it in Naples, with languistines....mmmmm, flavor country. I liked the bitterness too.

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Old 06-01-2006, 02:41 AM   #3
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ARGGG I am still drooling over a shrimp burger and Andouille sausage burger that Emeril fixed on his Burgers and Fries episode. They both looked amazing and I wanted a bite of the shrimp burger sooooo much. I just may end up changing 4th of July menu or at least adding the shrimp burgers to the menu. :)
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Old 06-01-2006, 04:06 PM   #4
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Hi Icy,
I've seen the recipe for the grilled romaine and it looks spectacular. I've been planning to try it, but we've had so many dinner that we had to do , birthdays, confimations, that I haven't had the chance yet..Hopefully this nex wee I can
Thanks for reminding me..

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Old 06-01-2006, 04:16 PM   #5
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I've never had grilled romaine but had cooked romaine (in a Chinese hot pot, soup) and it's very yummy so I can imagine grilled would be good too. I hope I remember this next time I make a ceasar salad. I would love to try it!
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Old 06-01-2006, 04:41 PM   #6
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That sounds so good grumblebee. I love romaine.

Icymist, I missed that episode of Emeril last night. I love shrimp, but never had a shrimp burger. Will look that recipe up on foodtv.
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Old 06-01-2006, 04:45 PM   #7
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I just saw that episode recently too and thought that it sounded odd but most times those things I think are odd truely turn out to be delicious. I'll give it a try.
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:48 PM   #8
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I never would have thought to grill Romain. I love grilled Iceburg on my burgers though. Not to be off-topic, but do you know what someone should try? Deep fried lettuce. Something no one would have thought of, right? I just keep coming up with all these genius food ideas tonight. And I'm sure its been done, because its so obvious, but deep fried carrots. Now THERE is a modern side dish.
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:15 PM   #9
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Does grilling change the flavor of the romaine, or is it more of a texture difference? I'd be scared of a limpy, crunchless romaine.
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Old 09-28-2006, 03:54 PM   #10
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Wow... I have never thought about grilling romaine, but I remember when my brother cooked up a dish that needed escarole and we didnt have any and he substituted romaine... I remember liking the white crunchy part of the lettuce but didnt like the green part as much.

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