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Dinner tonight! Grilled romaine with walnuts and anchovy dressing

July 3, 2012 | 11:00 am


For dinner tonight, how about heading outdoors to do a little grilling? It may sound a little unusual, but romaine lettuce can be great on the grill, the fire and slight char on the leaves lending rich depth of flavor. Toss the romaine with a fresh anchovy dressing, toasted walnuts and shaved parmesan, and you can have dinner ready in 30 minutes! You can find the recipe below.

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Grilled romaine with walnuts, Parmesan and anchovy dressing

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6

4 anchovy fillets

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup olive oil

3 teaspoons lemon juice

3 (6-ounce) hearts of romaine

2/3 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano

1. In a mortar and pestle or a blender, purée the anchovy fillets, garlic and salt. Slowly add the olive oil in a stream, stirring or puréeing constantly to make a creamy sauce. Stir in the lemon juice, taste and add more lemon juice or salt if necessary. Set aside.

2. Prepare a wood fire or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Split the hearts of romaine in half lengthwise, leaving them attached at the base. Brush both sides of each half with the anchovy sauce and then grill over a wood fire or in a grill pan until the leaves sizzle and begin to look a little frazzled, about 2 minutes on each side. They probably won't brown much.

3. Remove the cooked romaine to individual serving plates, cut-side up. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and spoon over some more dressing. Use a vegetable peeler to shave Parmigiano-Reggiano in thin sheets over top. Serve immediately.

Each serving: 174 calories; 3 grams protein; 5 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 16 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 5 mg. cholesterol; 1 gram sugar; 117 mg. sodium.