Crunchy Croutons

ImageSo, my husband complained that he hadn’t ANY croutons….what’s a boy to do??  So, instead of running to the store (like the amazing wife I am ;)), I decided to be creative and whip up some homemade croutons.  Not only are they easy, and practically impossible to screw up (coming from me, that says a lot)…but, my husband now prefers them over the store bought ones – Big Win!!

Keep in mind that I made a small batch as a test, so feel free to add more or less as you please!

Ingredients:

4-5 Slices of Bread that you cut into cubes (about 1/2-1 Inch thick).  Tip:  You can use any bread here, so be creative!

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Italian Seasoning (or any seasoning that you like, depending on the style of the salad – you could do a mexican blend – cumin, paprika, or keep it simple with some garlic powder)

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2.  In a large bowl, evenly drizzle or use a Misto to mist olive oil over the bread. Toss until well mixed, and the bread is evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper, and additional seasonings. Toss once more until seasonings are evenly distributed

3. Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden, turning halfway to brown all sides. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the cubes, so watch that they do not burn. (These took about 10-15 minutes.)

4.) Remove from oven, and let cool completely. Store in an air-tight container. Use within one week, or freeze for up to 6 months

That’s it…..no, really, it’s that easy!  So, go ahead and top your salads or pop in your mouth for a quick salty treat and bon appetit.

Image   The Chef in the works

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