Yesterday morning I picked up some artisan rolls to go with a quick dinner I was preparing. This morning as I was preparing breakfast, I realized I forgot to serve them and they were no longer crunchy but soft and chewy. When I have leftover day old bread, or in this case forgotten bread, I love to make homemade croutons. Just break apart the bread, add some extra virgin olive oil, fresh ground pepper and toss in some minced fresh herbs (today it was rosemary). Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes, stir then bake for an additional 6-8 minutes until golden brown and crispy. While still warm, I sprinkle them with my favorite salt. They'll be perfect atop a spring pea soup I'm making for tonight - that is if there are any left at the end of the day as they also make an irresistible snack.
This is my favorite finishing salt, Fleur de Sel de Camargue. It's not inexpensive, so sprinkle it on your dishes just before serving. You'll love the flavor it brings to your dishes. It also makes a most welcome hostess gift, in lieu of a bottle of wine.