Monday, January 24, 2011

Make Your Own Croutons

 **Originally posted in 2006 on my old cooking blog. I make these fairly regularly using leftover bread.

I love making my own croutons! They are inexpensive and easy to make using day-old bread. We especially like them made out of pumpernickel bread, but any kind is good.

Seasoned Croutons
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
Pinch of salt

6 slices day-old bread, cubed

In an ungreased 9x13 inch pan, combine the first seven ingredients. Place in a 300 degree oven until butter is melted. Remove from the oven; stir to combine. Add bread cubes and toss to coat. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Cool. Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. Yield: 3 cups

~If desired, vary the seasonings to suit your individual tastes.

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