These are a wonderful treat enjoyed plain or as I used them, in place of croutons on a salad. This is a very basic recipe I made for a specific dish. The possibilities for these are truly endless. Let your imagination and personal tastes guide you when making these for yourself. They are definitely enjoyed as fresh as possible.
I hate to admit it but I used to use bulk pre-made croutons at the first restaurant I was the chef at. I resisted for so long making my own. At the time it was more an issue of time then quality. That all changed the day I made croutons from scratch for a private party. I sneaked a fresh crouton of the pan and popped it my mouth and never again did I use pre-made croutons.
With this twist on a classic Italian Dressing, I have added some smoked paprika which will leave your guests wondering what your secret ingredient is.
This dressing works great on salads but can also be used for dipping some fresh crusty bread or on your favorite sandwich.