Day 122 : Garlic Croutons

If you’re anything like us when it comes time to eat your salad you suddenly realize you don’t have any croutons on hand.  Or you have tried many different ones and find that most of them are too hard.  Not only can you not stab them with your fork, but there might even be genuine concern about your teeth!  Ok… maybe not, but hard croutons are one of my pet peeves.

The simplest solution is to make your own!  It’s SUPER easy, and you have so much control over how they are made and the flavors you want them to have.  Some might say it is even fun coming up with new flavor varieties.  You could certainly even go healthy with them and use wheat bread.  The possibilities are endless.

Tonight I used part of a fresh french loaf from the store, and some garlic parmesan seasoning mix I got a LONG time ago from my mom.  The original recipe suggested using real garlic cloves minced up (2 or more) and plain white bread, and that’s how I did it the first time with great results as well.  I find these to be the perfect amount of crisp, buttery goodness, and flavor and as I said  you can beat the convenience.  I will list out the original recipe, and make note of things I have done next to it.

Garlic Croutons

Serves : makes about 2 1/2 cups of croutons
Time to make : 15 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 4 slices white bread (I used maybe a third of a french loaf tonight)
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

optional additions

  • instead of the garlic cloves I used about a T. of the seasoning blend tonight (I was actually making more than stated though so just judge to your taste)
  • basil
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • italian blend
  • salt
  • greek blend
  • cajun blend
  • lemon pepper

Directions :

  1. Cut bread up into cubes.
  2. In a bowl combine melted butter and oil and whisk together.  If you are adding seasonings you can add it here or sprinkle on later.
  3. Toss bread cubes in a bowl with minced garlic and drizzle butter/oil mix over them as you toss to coat everything.  Just be gentle so as not to squish the bread cubes.
  4. Arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown at 325 degrees.  If you haven’t already added the seasonings to the butter mix sprinkle on before you bake them.
  5. Allow to cool, and store in a ziplock bag or other airtight container.

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