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Friday, April 23, 2010

Homemade Croutons

Croutons, in my book, can be either really good and add a ton of taste to your salad, or be really nasty and take away the joy of eating a salad all together. I like to make my own croutons so that I can make them the way I like them. They are easy, almost too easy, to make. I make homemade bread every week, so I use my homemade bread to make my croutons. I have used store bought bread too...but when it comes right down to it, the heavier, more dense bread (like homemade or deli or the more expensive store bought bread) works the very best.

Homemade Croutons
1 loaf bread
1/4 - 1/2 c. butter, melted
Italian seasoning
Parmesan Cheese (the canned)


Cut 1 loaf of bread into 1/2 inch cubes. Place cubes onto large baking sheet. (I had to use 2 baking sheets) Bake at 300 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Melt butter in a skillet and put baked bread cubes into melted butter. Stir until well coated. Add Parmesan Cheese and Italian seasoning to taste (however much you want). Return bread cubes to baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes at 275. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

*Use them on salads or in soups...or just eat them plain. I like mine to be a little chewy. Adjust cooking times according to the density of your bread and how crispy you like them.

Happy Cooking~
Julie

1 comment:

  1. Yum! I made homemade croutons this week for the first time, too! I don't think I can buy them again! They were so good! I'm going to have to try your recipe as a variation to mine!

    And, I have to say, good for you for making your own bread every week! That's great!

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