I’ve been experimenting with making things from scratch that I usually buy already prepared.
High on my list of things to try was croutons, because they are
- Not particularly healthy
- One more thing I have to remember to buy and keep on hand
I hesitate to call what I’m about to share with you a recipe, because it’s so much easier than that. Here’s what you’ll need:
Bread. Any kind or amount will do. I used whole wheat sandwich bread because it’s what I always have one hand. This is great to do with bread that is a little past it’s prime, since you’ll be toasting it anyway.
Cooking oil. I used extra virgin olive oil, but any kind will do.
Seasonings. Any kind you like. (Are you seeing a trend here?) The first time I made these I used garlic powder and kosher salt. The second time I made it easier and just used garlic salt.
The steps are these:
1. Using a serrated knife, cut the bread into cubes. Use a sawing motion. The bread will squish down a little while you’re cutting, but don’t worry, it will spring right back.
2. Put the cubes in a bowl and drizzle with the oil. Toss using your hands or a spoon. Use enough oil to coat the cubes and then add the seasonings to taste.
That resulted in croutons that look a little more like what you buy.
I put any leftover croutons in a plastic bag, where they’ve stayed good for up to two weeks.
Of course I wouldn’t be sharing any of this with you if these croutons hadn’t passed the taste test with my husband and son, who are the real crouton lovers in the house.
Have you made your own croutons? What tips can you share? Are there other things that you used to buy that you’ve started making from scratch?