Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Easy Garlic Croutons
Have you ever made your own croutons? Yeah, me either. Until a few weeks ago when I had half a loaf of french bread sitting on my counter and needing to used up asap. Homemade croutons immediately popped into my head. Why not? How hard could they be?
I will be the first to say how easy these are to make, literally just 15 minutes total of my time, while I was preparing dinner even. I don't normally buy croutons in the store but I can guarantee these are so much better! They were the perfect topping for my salad, which was full of fresh veggies from our farm share.
So next time you've got some stale bread sitting around, you've got to promise you'll try these. Seriously they're so good! Even the girls were caught sneaking some from the pan just to munch on.
2 cups bread cubes (I used french bread)
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
Mix together seasonings in a small bowl and set aside. Melt butter in the microwave and then combine with the olive oil. Place bread cubes in a large bowl and drizzle melted mixture over bread evenly. Using your hands, toss the bread cubes until everything is coated. Sprinkle in herbs and toss again using hands.
Spread bread cubes in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Use a spatula to stir croutons a bit and then bake an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool just a bit and then serve with salad. Store any extras in an airtight container.