1 clove garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (eyeball it)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
A few dashes of hot sauce
Lots of black pepper
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2 hearts of Romaine lettuce, cleaned, dried and chopped or torn
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons capers, drained
A generous handful of pitted green olives, coarsely chopped
A handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup sliced, toasted almonds
8 slices crusty white bread
3/4 pound Manchego cheese, sliced
2 Piquillo peppers or 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
Grate the garlic with a Microplane grater or small side of box grater into the bottom of a large salad bowl. Add the sherry vinegar, mustard, hot sauce and pepper to the bowl, then whisk in about 1/3 cup EVOO in a slow stream.
Add lettuce and onions to the bowl and toss to coat. Season the salad with salt to taste. Top the salad with capers, olives, parsley and nuts. Pre-heat 2 tablespoons EVOO in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until EVOO is very hot. Make four sandwiches of bread, Manchego cheese and a sprinkle of chopped Piquillo or roasted peppers. Press with a brick covered in foil or with a smaller skillet weighted with full cans. Press and grill the sammies in the skillet until deeply golden and cheese has melted, 5-6 minutes, turning once. Cut sammies in half and serve next to HUGE piles of spicy Spanish salad.
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