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Vivian’s Disappearing Caesar Bites

 


Written by Leigh Ripley


 
My youngest, Vivian, is also known as ‘elbow deep’ due to her affinity for chips. She can often be seen munching on chips with her arm, elbow deep into the bag (this way no one else can get a chip). In an effort to turn her chipping-out sessions into something a little more healthy we came up with Caesar Bites, combining her two favorite foods: chips and Caesar salad.
 
This summer we had friends over for an impromptu barbeque and looking for a quick and easy appetizer I found I had all the ingredients on hand to make Caesar Bites. Vivian joined me in the in kitchen and we whipped a plate of them out in no time. I made four extra bites for her to eat immediately and we popped the rest in the fridge.
 
When our friends showed up Vivian took the tray out to the deck. A few minutes later I went outside to find Vivian, sitting in a chair with the empty Caesar Bites plate on her lap as she was shoving the last one into her mouth.
 
Appropriately I barked at her, “Vivian! You ate all of them? Those were supposed to be for everyone!”
 
And her reply, “I’m not sorry.”
 
Vivian’s Disappearing Caesar Bites:

  • Tortilla chips (I like scoops, because it acts like a little bowl, but any tortilla chip will do)
  • Shredded or grated Parmesan (and Pecorino Romano if you have it)
  • Romaine lettuce, chopped small
  • Croutons, smashed
  • Caesar dressing

It is important to chop the Romaine lettuce small so the salad will fit in/on the chips. Combine lettuce, cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing. Toss well and spoon into tortilla cups. Voila! Easy peasy done. Just don’t let Vivian take them out to the guests.