So, March is National French Bread Day, which seems a bit odd for America to have a national “French” bread day, but oh well. So, we all know what French bread is, particularly the renowned San Francisco Sour Dough. Now, this is not an articles on how to make your own because that is exceedingly difficult. Most of us don’t have the proper ovens to achieve it. This is an article on how utilize commercial French bread. So, I guess, sandwiches go without saying and besides, who needs a recipe to make a sandwich? However, here are a few creative ideas you may enjoy.
I guess every one by now knows about using small round loaves of French bread as soup bowls. Cut out the top, scoop out the interior of the loaf, paint the inside with an egg white that has been lightly beaten with a tablespoon of water and then lightly toast it in the oven. The egg white makes it a wee bit more liquid resistant.
Now, save the bread you scoop out of the center. You can either cube it, season it lightly with garlic/herb salt and toast it in the oven to use as croutons, or you may use it to make a Tuscan bread salad.
Tuscan Bread Salad
It a large salad bowl place torn up sour dough French bread. Add, diced tomatoes, chopped basal, coarsely chopped sweet purple onion, finely minced roasted garlic, capers, chopped celery and chopped fresh basal. Toss gently. Dress with a simple vinaigrette of wine vinegar, olive oil, herbs and garlic, or with your favorite commercial Italian or garlic vinaigrette. Toss again and serve chilled. The proportions don’t matter much
Oh yes, and what's a true Ceasar Salad without French bread croutons?