If you’ve never attempted to make your own salad dressing, I'm telling ya that you gotta try it now. The depth of flavor just cannot be captured in a bottle. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not above using the bottled stuff but sometimes I want to bring something special to the table and this really does the trick. Especially if the salad is going to be the main star of your meal. This is a two-for-one special today. I’m also going to share a homemade crouton recipe. They are so easy to make and the great thing about homemade croutons is you won’t break a tooth on them like you do the prepackaged ones.
2 garlic cloves (if your cloves are on the small side, use 3)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 egg yolk
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. granulated white sugar
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. dijon mustard
salt & pepper to taste (about ¼ to ½ tsp each)
In a food processor, finely process the garlic until minced. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Put dressing into a lidded container and pop it into the fridge for a few hours (or overnight) to give the flavors time to blend together (trust me, this makes a BIG difference in taste.)
Cook’s Notes: If you are squeamish about using a raw egg yolk in your dressing, I would suggest purchasing pasteurized eggs. However, if you are using very fresh eggs, you should have no problems with your egg yolks. Just crack it into a separate bowl first, to ensure the color and texture look normal for an egg.
½ loaf of stale french bread, cubed
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
garlic powder (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). In a medium bowl, add cubed bread. Drizzle olive oil all over the cubes until lightly coated. Sprinkle on salt, pepper and a little garlic powder. Place cubes on baking sheet and bake for about 10-14 minutes until lightly browned.