Hurley's Liberty Bell Chalet salad recipe
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#1 May 28, 2007
anyone have the recipe for the Caesar salad that is served at the bell chalet in Hurley, WI. My daughter loves it and wants it for her graduation party, but we live 500 miles away.
#2 Jun 6, 2007
I used to work there, so I have the recipe down.
It's not as good as it used to be though, and
I'm not sure what the recipe was before hand.
The following is per serving for 2, so adjust
to any amount you want.
For the Croutons:
* 2 large garlic cloves
* Pinch of salt
* 3 tablespoons virgin olive oil
* 2 cups French baguette slices cut up into 1/2 inch cubes (white bread works too)
For the Salad:
* 1 large egg
* 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
* 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 medium garlic clove, crushed
* 1 pinch salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 1 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste or 4 flat anchovies
* 1 teaspoon capers
* 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
* 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
* 2 medium heads of romaine lettuce -- outer leaves removed
* 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese -- grated
Prepping the croutons - Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crush the garlic cloves with the side of a chef's knife (be very careful) or with a garlic press. Slice up the baguette and cut them into 1/2 inch cubes.
Prepping the salad - Again crush the garlic. If you are using flat anchovies out of a can, mince one or two to make 1 1/2 teaspoons worth. Grate the Parmesan cheese. It's always better to grate it yourself if you have the opportunity.
Croutons - Combine garlic, oil, salt, and bread cubes in a bowl. Mix until cubes are coated evenly. Spread the coated cubes onto a baking sheet and bake until the croutons are golden. This should take about 10 minutes.
To make the salad - Bring a pot of boiling water to boil, add egg and cook for just 45 seconds....NO MORE. This is coddling the egg. Remove from heat and let it cool off.
Meanwhile, mix the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper, anchovy, mustard and capers in a bowl. Crack egg and add to these ingredients. Whisk until smooth.
Now for the tricky part. Slowly add the oil in a steady stream while constantly whisking again until smooth. Reason: if you add the oil too quickly, the dressing will be separate and not emulsify.
Tear the romaine lettuce into 1-2 inch pieces and add them to a large bowl (wooden if you have one). Add half the dressing, toss, add remaining dressing, Parmesan cheese, and croutons and toss again. Serve on chilled plates.
Hope this helps!!
#4 Jun 27, 2007
Maura, This is not the recipe for the Bell Chalet Caesar dressing, as I am sure you must know if you tried it. The real recipe is known only to 3 people, and has a patent on it. I know this because my grandma created it, and I am now one of the 3 who proudly makes it everyday in my family's restaurant. I wish you had called us when you needed the dressing, we would have been happy to ship it to you. It is always nice to hear how much our guests love our food. We work very hard everyday to ensure our food continues to taste just like grandma's.
I don't know how your salad tasted for your daughter's graduation party, but I would love to send you some of our dressing, as a graduation gift to your daughter, and a thank you to your family for liking our caesar so much. We appreciate it. Sincerely, Jerri Sokol 4th generation Fontecchio
#5 Jul 14, 2007
Please oh PLEASE bring back the CHICKEN SUPREME!!!!!!!!!
Why did it have to leave?
I and sooooooooooooooooo many others are soooooooooooooooooooo unhappy!
Thanks for the rest of the menue, but this was our families favorite for so many years!
#6 Sep 4, 2007
Can you please email me with any info you can on placing orders for your Caesar dressing. I am currently in the Navy and live in Jacksonville, FL and would love to stock up on some. I grew up on the stuff and miss it dearly.
email address is:
#7 Nov 23, 2007
Caesar salad is gross! Worst than a pasty!
#8 Nov 30, 2007
I have to agree with you Jerri. I also grew up on it and miss it dearly. We are heading home to Ma's for Christmas and that is on list to have beside some pasties.
Merry Christmas eeveryone
#9 Dec 2, 2007
man i wish i had your salad right now, it a friggin meal itself!!..um um good!!
you wouldnt admitt it if that was the correct recipe anyway jerri!
#10 Dec 5, 2007
The Liberty Bell used to have (still does?) the best 'Za in town. Actually, since the family owned place where I live closed - anywhere I've been..... including Chi!!!
#11 Dec 5, 2007
Joe's Pasty Shop is da best too!!!
Get da ones wit da rutabaggy!
#12 Apr 30, 2008
1 raw egg
1 dash of salt
1 jigger of your favorite gin
Mix together and eat. This mix will cause you to vommit. Vommit on a fesh bed of romain lettuce, serve to quests and get the hell out of the room.
#13 May 17, 2008
Jeronimo are you a homo? DEE DEE DEE want's a date
#14 Jun 22, 2008
We spend a month in the Ironwood area every summer and just love the Ceasar Salad at the Bell chalet. They also make fantastic Pizza.
Every year the first night in town we are at the Bell having pizza and salad. Can't wait till we are back on July 20th.
#15 Jun 25, 2008
I had a Ceasar salad once from the Bell and I started to vomit all over the floor. A worker(only one in Hurley) scraped it up and put it into the pizza sauce. The pizza was served to a female looking guy from Racine. I thought it was a guy maybe it was one of those he/she things.
#17 Feb 7, 2009
clearly jenny johnson doesnt know the recipe...lol, she even got the lettuce type wrong... since i was just there tonite, and it says straigh off their menu "iceberg" lettuce... their ceasar salad dressing is a closely held family secret, and employees are not allowed to make the "secret" part of the salads.. thats why it is a secret...
#18 May 18, 2010
Haven't been to the Bell in many years, and don't remember the Ceasar (even though I worked there in high school), but they have the best pizza I've ever tasted anywhere..
#19 Jun 5, 2010
yeah so i was the salad girl for 3 months up until tonite when i quit because i moved and their right not even WE know the ceaser dressing recipe. The dressing is made and put in the walk-in cooler. They make it for us so that its ready when we get to work. all we know is that it 150 dolars to make ONE bucket of dressing.....soooo good
#20 Feb 4, 2011
I have the recipe,(from family!!) so there are a few that squeaked past security!!
#21 Mar 5, 2011
Please post ordering directions online....I have been going skiing in the UP for 43 years and one of the high points was having dinner at the Bell and enjoying the Caesar salad....my father can no longer make the trip and would love to have another taste of your famous dressing!
#22 Apr 7, 2011
I want the dressing and some frozen pizzas sent to me :) We were just talking about The Bell here with out co-workers the other day. Sure miss it!!
I can get pastys freeze dried packed and sent to me, we should figure out a way to get some pizzas and some dressing sent to me here in Vegas. Maybe I need to call and have RT and Sandy do it for me :) haha....just miss the food so bad. They say some of the best food you can get is in LAS VEGAS, but I have never had pizza as good as the Bells, EVER!!! and I eat Pizza at least once, sometimes twice a week-hahahaha-
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