Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Croutons

We love eating salads around here and enjoy the crunchy and flavorful addition of croutons but not the addition of the cost to our grocery bill. One day I happened across this recipe for croutons and decided to try it. We loved it and I have not bought croutons since. Not only is this recipe easy and inexpensive to make, we like the fact that the croutons aren't quite as hard and crunchy as many of the bought ones.

1 1/2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper (to taste)
1/4 c. olive or vegetable oil
3 c. bread cubes*
2 tsp. Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Put bread cubes into a bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, onion powder and Italian seasoning. Pour oil mixture over bread cubes and toss well. Spread out onto a baking sheet (9x13 pan works fine). Bake, stirring once, until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Store in an airtight container. These taste best if they are allowed to sit for one day before using.

Yield: 3 cups

*Any thick piece of leftover bread will work. In fact, this is a great way to use bread that has gotten a bit stale.

For other great recipe ideas, check out Balancing Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday, Blessed with Grace's Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, and All the Small Stuff's Tuesday's at the Table.

1 comment:

  1. Homemade croutons are the best! The store-bought kind don't even come close to tasting as good.


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