Monday, February 22, 2010

Easy Garlicky Croutons Out of Extra Bread

We eat these in our salads. Especially delicious in caesar salad! 

Start with whatever bread you'd like- I use leftover loaves that are a little past their prime.

Cube the bread. I make mine about 1/2"-3/4" squares. You can make them as small or large as you'd like. You'll have to adjust how long you bake them. 

Put the cubes in a large bowl. Drizzle with a good amount olive oil. For 2 cups of croutons, I do 2-3 turns around the bowl with the olive oil. 

Toss them lightly to coat. You want them to be pretty shiny. The oil adds a lot of flavor. This makes them taste like actual croutons and not the seasoned stuffing mix cubes you buy around the holidays to stuff your bird with. 

Sprinkle with salt, pepper to taste- be generous. 

Grate 2 cloves garlic into the bowl with your Microplane. Toss again to distribute the garlic bits. 

Spread evenly onto cookie sheet. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Toss them around a bit. Bake for 15 more minutes until the are crunchy on the edges. The middle might be a little soft, but they will firm up when cool. Adjust bake time if you cut your cubes a different size. 

Store in an airtight container in the fridge- they'll last a long time that way.