October 1, 2012

Homemade Croutons

Croutons are one of those things that are so incredibly easy to make and yet very few people ever think of it.  The main reason I make them is simply the flavor-store bought croutons just have this artificially spicy taste about them.  You can add any herbs or cheese you like.  You can't beat the price, especially if you can find day old bread on sale.  I had some of my homemade baguette left over so it worked perfectly for these.

Baguette or another bread of choice (pumpernickel is great)
olive oil
garlic powder
herbs of choice (basil, thyme)
grated parmesan or romano

If your bread isn't on the dry side already, you can dry it out a little in the oven.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut thick slices of baguette into 1-inch cubes.  Place cubes on a large baking sheet and heat in the oven just until they crisp up, 10 to 15 minutes.  Transfer to a large skillet and drizzle with a little olive oil.  Sprinkle with a little salt, garlic powder, and herbs of choice.  Grated parmesan is really yummy on them too.

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