Sunday, November 8, 2009

Homemade Croutons

My Mom makes this incredible blackened salmon salad with homemade croutons and fresh caesar salad dressing. It's one of her specialties.

The croutons are my favorite part so I thought it would be wise to share them with y'all.

Ready for a super simple recipe that will make you ditch those prepackaged croutons and never look back? Here it is:

Homemade Croutons

Makes enough for 1 - 2 family sized salads

3 slices day old bread (fresh works fine too), cut into cubes

2 tbsp. butter, melted

2 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper

Onion powder

Italian seasoning

---->Place cubed bread into a 9x13" pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter and olive oil. Drizzle the butter/oil mixture over the bread. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder and italian seasoning. Toss to ensure that everybody has some seasoning. Bake at 425 for 10 - 15 minutes, until golden brown, tossing halfway through the baking time.

You can totally use whatever kind of bread floats your boat. I happened to have both whole wheat and white sourdough slices that needed to be used up.
FYI - this is great for those "heels" of bread (the ends) that always somehow manage to be forsaken for the softer middle slices.

Drizzle on the butter/oil mixture. Sprinkle on the seasonings; how much you use totally depends on your taste buds but you really don't need a ton of any one spice.

Toast in the oven at 425 until they are golden brown. Allow 10 minutes of cooling time before you try to add them to a salad.
I love these little crispy nuggets of goodness!

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