Art and I are big fans of salads before dinner (check out my post about making your own salad bar). They’re tasty and they help us fill up on the healthy stuff so we don’t eat too much dinner. Art likes to put a lot of condiments on his salad but I usually like just a little bit of light dressing.
I am a sucker, however, for a good crouton. Not the tiny kind you buy in a box at the supermarket. The big crunchy homemade kind you get in a good restaurant. Every once in a while I like to make them for myself as a special treat.
This recipe is so incredibly easy. You can use any robust, slightly stale bread (I used my Cheesy Herb Bread). If your bread isn’t stale, you can “stale” it in a 350F oven for about 20 minutes.
Homemade Croutons Recipe
4 or 5 slices of stale bread (like sourdough or your favorite robust (not airy) bread).
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Italian seasoning (I eliminated this because I use that seasoning in my bread).
Slice bread and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Mix olive oil, onion powder, salt and Italian seasoning.
Drizzle mixture over cubes in a bowl.
Toss until thoroughly coated.
Spread cubes out on a cookies sheet. Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.