Is your favorite part of a Caesar salad the crispy, garlicky croutons? Me too!
Oh sure, the Romaine serves an important part, too – holding that creamy, cheesy, salty dressing. But. The croutons – that’s where it’s at for me.
Though most Americans think the mighty Caesar is an American creation, did you know that the Caesar Salad is actually a dish created in Mexico as a desperation dish by a restaurant chef in Tijuana, Mexico? Who knew?
So because of my crouton addiction, I came up with a way to make the croutons the main focus – and not just sprinkled on top of greens – with these crispy crouton cups.
Just a few tricks, really. Make sure the bread you use is very thin and very firm. No “air bread” allowed. Second, you must use real butter or extra virgin olive oil to give these crouton cups a rich flavor. Lastly, use a good quality powdered garlic for this recipe. I am partial to Williams-Sonoma’s Roasted Garlic Powder for its rich, roasted flavor.
You can use any salad you like in these crouton cups – just modify the herbs and spices you’re using to fit the filling.
Serve these at your next party and I promise you’ll get rave reviews!
— posted by Donna