You remember this picture from Friday, don’t you? It’s Monday and I promised the answer to the UFO. Just a little longer, let me talk first. I got this recipe from my old roommate, Sara. I met Sara in 1990 at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in NJ. We were both going through the ICU preceptor program, she SICU and I MICU. We happened to live next door to each other in the Nursing Quarters behind the hospital as well. Those were the cutest little studio apartments. It was a greatroom which included a small kitchen with an Easy Bake oven, no lie, it was about that big, a walk-in closet, and large bathroom. Perfect for a single nurses who worked 12 hour night shifts.
Sara and I became great friends, she was even my maid of honor! When my folks moved out to California, Sara’s family adopted me and I spent many Sunday afternoons at her folks’ house. Sara had 7 other brothers and sisters so it was a full house with them and the grandchildren. The best though were the feasts. Her family could cook some amazing foods. And that is how I got this recipe. It is called Dig Deep.
Some of you may know it as Seven Layer Salad but Sara’s family called it Dig Deep because when her mother made it, she layered it all in a huge and very deep lasagna pan. Hence the name Dig Deep because we had to dig deep if we were going to get to the lettuce. Plus it is just fun to say. Dig Deep, Dig Deep, Dig Deep.
I thought it would be interesting to layer the ingredients in individual cups, just for the wow factor of course. I loved it this way. Very pretty on a tray. The great thing about this salad is that it can be made ahead, even up to 8 hours, so that the flavors will marry. Romantic huh? Either way this salad is delicious and beautiful.
One heaping cup mayonnaise
2 t. white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sugar
pinch kosher salt
Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Wash and spin very dry. In 6- 9 ounce plastic cups fill halfway up with lettuce. Press lettuce down firmly until the cup is filled halfway, don’t worry it will bounce back when turned over. Now layer the following items in this order being sure that you can see the items in each layer and tamping down each layer firmly before adding the next ingredient. Also be sure that there is at least 1/2 inch head space for the dressing, so tamp hard!
1 T. red onion
2 T. peas- I did not defrost
2 T. cheddar cheese
one piece bacon crumbled
1/2 hard boiled egg chopped
For the dressing; mix the ingredients for dressing well and divide evenly over the 6 salads. Be sure to spread the dressing to the edge of each cup. Top with dried cranberries, nuts, seeds, or what ever else you think is pretty. To eat, either Dig Deep! Or turnover on to plate as shown above. Enjoy. This can also be layered in a small glass casserole dish. Serves 6.
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