Charred Steak BLT Caesar Salad

A mashup of Caesar salad and a BLT -- made even better with the charred flavor from the grill! You won't feel one ounce hungry after eating this hearty salad that was inspired by a dish at Taco Guild, one of my favorite restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Two 1-pound strip steaks, about 1-inch thick

4 strips bacon

2 anchovies packed in olive oil, rinsed and roughly chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

3/4 cup mayonnaise

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 romaine hearts

Olive oil, for coating

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

One 2-ounce block Parmesan

Directions

Special equipment:
mini food processor
  1. Preheat a grill pan over high heat. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator to come to room temperature.
  2. Lay the strips of bacon next to one another in a large nonstick pan. Place the pan over medium heat and cook the bacon, turning occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
  3. Put the anchovies, garlic, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce in the bowl of a mini food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are roughly chopped and begin to come together. Scrape the contents into a small bowl and combine with the mayonnaise. If the dressing seems thick, add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth and pourable.
  4. Sprinkle both sides of the steaks liberally with salt and pepper. Place on the preheated grill and cook until charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until an instant-read thermometer reads 135 degrees F for medium-rare, another 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the steaks to a cutting board to rest.
  5. Meanwhile, trim the brown stem ends of the romaine hearts, leaving the bunch intact. Trim 1 inch off the top of the hearts and discard. Slice the hearts in half lengthwise. Lightly coat each half with olive oil. Place on the grill pan and char each side, about 1 minute. Remove to a serving platter.
  6. Drizzle with some of the dressing and top with the cherry tomatoes. Crumble the bacon over top. Shave Parmesan on top of the salad with a vegetable peeler and finish with coarsely cracked black pepper.
  7. Thinly slice the steaks about 1/4-inch thick and fan out next to the salad. Serve with extra dressing on the side.
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