Caesar salad is the "fall back" for me, along with chicken and potatoes. I usually do up breaded chicken (Shake'n'bake style... but homemade) and seasoned oven roasted potatoes with yes, you guess it Caesar salad. Over the next week I will post my various recipes for this but tonight I will start with the croutons!
3 cups of cubed fresh bread (I like sourdough or ciabatta)
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tbls Parmesan cheese - finely grated.
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 tbls Olive oil
Preheat oven to 350f. Mix the spices with the olive oil in a large sealable container or large freezer. Add bread cubes 1 cup at a time and shake until all three cups are nice covered. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and evenly spread the cubes over the sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. (Do not leave these unattended as they burn quick. I always check mine at 5 minutes and then every couple minutes after)
Homemade croutons, fresh Caesar dressing and real bacon bits can truly make a boring Caesar into a delight!