January 22, 2010
croutons2

back from a break. i snowday'ed, lost my internet connection, made jam, took a bunch of notes on the subject of love, helped preschoolers write the number 7, wore my new anthro apron- thanks mom!- found two soups that we both like, and watched a cool documentary with grant.

fun, fun.

coming up next week.. a real report on jam-making and soup-making, recipes included. but for the time being, i have a subject to address. hello, homemade croutons. they are the thing at our house right now. better by a mile than the store-bought, salad bar type. the main attraction for me is texture; homemades have a little give when you bite into them, as opposed to the concrete cubes that make your head rattle when you try chomp through. use them in breakfast strata or tomato soup or as the new stand-in for a bowl of popcorn. honestly, they are that snacky.

homemade croutons (probably too easy to even warrant a recipe, but i wouldn't have known if i hadn't seen my mother-in-law do it, so why not.)

desired amount of bread, preferably something thick and yummy like a loaf of homemade french.
olive oil
garlic salt
mrs. dash original seasoning blend, or any favorite spices

1. preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. cut bread into 1 inch cubes and spread flat on a baking sheet
3. drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt and other seasoning
4. bake for 10-12 minutes, or until reaching desired crustiness
5. optional broil for 1 or 2 minutes more for extra crunch and color

7 comments:

Amanda said...

how did you know that I want to make my own croutons?

mind reader.

have starred this post and will be using it in the future.

John and Teresa said...

this crouton recipe is great! i think my mom always uses hidden valley dry ranch mix. you could get creative with this one.

Kelli said...

How excited am I?? These look really easy and I love the fact they aren't bricks like store bought. I'm ready for the jam recipe too...bring it on! I'm going to try your potato soup on Tuesday and I can't wait.

Renee said...

yours look like they turned out perfect!! I will need to try that one for sure!!

Katherine said...

I absolutely agree, homemade bread and croutons are tons better than the packaged variety! I always pop ours into the toaster oven for a quick batch right before dinner.

Tesa said...

My kiddos LOVE snacking on home made croutons...and it's a great way to use up those leftover bread crusts. We like to add a sprinkling of Parmesan. Your croutons look absolutely perfect!

natalie said...

never really heard of homemade croutons. glad there is another option rather than breaking a tooth on the rock hard ones. thanks for the recipe!

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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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