Made Croutons

"Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale bread to begin with."
George Carlin

Back in January, J and I went to
Zuni Cafe for their roast chicken and bread salad.  While we were there, we had their Caesar salad, which might have had the best croutons I’ve ever eaten.  After a conversation with our server, I decided to put croutons on my list.

I picked up a Levain loaf from
Acme Bread Company a few days ago when I was at the Ferry Building for the Sausalito ferry.  We actually let it sit out overnight so that it would dry out a bit.

I cut the bread up into approximately half inch cubes.

I mixed the cut pieces  with some ghee and some salt and mixed it up.

I put it on a baking sheet and spread it out.  Then, I put it in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

I took them out and let them cool for a bit while I made a Caesar salad.

After dressing the salad, I made a plate and topped it with some of the croutons.

Of course, nothing goes better with Caesar salad than Zachary’s Pizza.

The croutons turned out crunchy and delicious.  Honestly, if I had known making croutons was this simple, I would have made them before.  The only real trick is that you have to buy the bread ahead of time.  Once you’ve picked a bread that you like for this, the rest is not bad at all.
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