Try these creative ways with your new secret ingredient for savory depth: anchovy paste. This flavor enhancer boosts the meaty umami character in food, and you'll find yourself adding it to everything from popcorn to potato salad.
July 16, 2017
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New and Classic Caesar Salads
Searching for new takes on this classic? Look no further. Our collection of inviting Caesar salads are perfect choices for take-to-work lunches, family picnics, or get-togethers with friends.
Flame-kissed greens are one of summer's best treats. The grill gives salads depth and complexity: a hint of smoke, some subtle char, a little caramelization. This dressing mimics the flavor of a typical Caesar but in a vinaigrette form that allows this salad to stay under 300 calories.
Enjoy this crunchy, creamy bagel sandwich for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The cream cheese “schmear” itself should become a fridge staple; it tastes just like Caesar salad dressing but is thick and spreadable. Try it on toast, on a burger, or stirred into scrambled eggs for a savory boost. We prefer whole-wheat bagels, but you can also opt for onion bagels or everything bagels for more allium flavor. Do be sure to grab romaine lettuce; you want a sturdy, crunchy lettuce for this sandwich.
Broccoli rabe, also called rapini, has a pleasantly bitter bite that’s tamed slightly by blanching it in boiling water. The blanching step also helps set and preserve the bright color; be sure to rinse well with cold water to halt the cooking. If you’re not a fan of broccoli rabe, try Broccolini or broccoli spears instead. The amount of crushed red pepper contributes a little tingly heat without making the dish spicy. For sensitive palates, decrease the amount to 1/4 teaspoon.
If you’re worried that this crunchy snack will taste like fish, rest your fears. The anchovy paste simply lends rich umami depth and a good salty kick. We use a fair amount of fresh thyme here, too, for even more savory notes; it adds a woodsy, earthy flavor that other herbs just don’t quite have. If you would rather start with prepopped corn, opt for one with little or no seasoning, and use 8 cups.
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Kale Caesar Salad
There’s something so comforting about a classic Caesar salad. It’s even better when you have the same great taste for half the calories and double the vitamins. This makeover of Caesar salad has a hearty texture from the raw kale that holds up the thick, creamy dressing that we all know and love. Make it a full meal by adding your protein of choice and some extra vegetable toppings.
Simpler and tastier than many old-fashioned potato salads, this version features a fresh lemon-and-oil-based dressing instead of a mayo-laden dressing. Try to toss the potatoes in the dressing while they’re still a bit warm—they’ll absorb more flavor that way. The anchovy paste lends a deep umami hit that’s not fishy, just savory. Use a Microplane-style grater to create a smooth garlic pulp that doesn’t leave off-putting crunchy bits of raw garlic in the mix.
Skip the baked, greasy dips and replace them with refreshing spreads that highlight fresh veggies and in-season produce. The best part about these recipes: you'll never have to turn on your oven or stove. From dessert dips to savory spreads, these recipes are great to have on-hand all year.
Because fresh herbs are increasingly available, you can make this tangy, peppery dip year-round.