Friday, October 14, 2011

The Little black dress of food

Of they many things I love a great salad is one of them. Some people feel salads are boring, but I have always felt it was the little black dress of food. You can dress it up with amazing cheese and dress it down with great dressing.  The one thing I have learned over the many years of eating salads is it is all about what you put it on.
My all time favorite things to do is to make croutons for salads. it is easy and fast two words I love when I am cooking.  You can also customize it to your taste. You like cheese go for it or you love garlic go crazy.  You will notice there are no measurements and that is because you don’t need them. It is add as much as you want or as little. If there is anything I have learned from watching eight hundred hours of cooking show is taste as you go. Here is a list of what you will nedd: 

  1. So the first thing you need is bread and I prefer sourdough it doesn’t matter if it is a little stale.
  2. Extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Garlic any form you want powder or fresh (minced)
  4. Cheese your choice I prefer cheddar and parmesan chess (grated)
  5. Any other topping you want basil is always good
  6. Tin foil
  7. Cookie sheet
Preheat oven on broil .Cut the bread into cubes and throw in mixing bowl. Put in olive oil the amount should coat the bread lightly, but not so much it is drenched. Put in the minced garlic and mix with your hands ( never be afraid to get hands dirty when cook a little oil never hurt anyone!!).Then throw in the basil mix with hands. Take cookie sheet cover with tin foil. Dump the mixture on the cookie sheet and take the grated cheese and sparkle on top. Put it in the oven for about one minute to minute and a half. Watch it carefully it burns very easily.  Let it cool for five minutes and throw it in a plastic bag and store it in plastic bag in the fridge. Enjoy! 

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