Recipe by Carol
"This is great to make your own croutons for your salads, etc. When you make your own you know what goes into it and you are proud of your accomplishment. You can also add your own flavorings."
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A great way to use up bread that's past its prime! I like to use a lower oven temp so that the bread is crisp and dry all the way through before it starts to get too brown.
needs more spices! I use a loaf of French or Italian bread, cut off the crusts and cube. I toss the cubes with 3/4 cup of olive oil & lots of spices: garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, Italianing seasoning, Mrs.Dash, Nature's Seasoning, etc. Spead on baking sheet & Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes (watch! don't let them burn!)
I've been making these for years, and my kids looooove them.
Using french or italian bread, a garlic-salt mixture with parsley in it, and a butter-flavored cooking spray (rather than the butter) gives them a top-level restaurant taste. I also like to use ranch-dressing dry mix in lieu of the garlic salt at times--you can also use garlic powder with salted cheddar popcorn topping--the possibilities are endless!----One of my kids' fave all-time snacks are actually borne of the "crouton" premise: Called "Crustinos", you make them by slicing basic french or italian bread into approx. 1/2 inch thick slices, then spraying the slices with butter-flavored cooking spray, adding your seasoning atop, and baking at 200 degrees until they are light golden and crispy. So much better for everyone than chips--and they keep for a week or more in a sealed bag (although I cannot keep any in my house more than 24 hours--the kids eat them up fast). When you have a salad or soup,(or even need bread crumbs for a coating) take a few and break them up. Quick, easy, and a great way to use up extra leftover bread.
These were better than restaurant style croutons!! The only changes I made was I cut the bread into cubes first, than put them in a container with the melted butter, than I added garlic and onion salt, put the lid on and shook it all up, then dumped it on to a baking sheet. There were great!! Even my husband and 4 year old couldn't get enough!
I used Pam Butter spray on one batch and Pam garlic spray on another - then seasonings of my choice. The spray cuts down on the calories and keeps them crispy!
Instead of buttering the bread directly, I poured melted butter over the sliced bread and mixed it well. It worked out great. Didn't take a lot of time.
I'm glad to see other people make their own croutons! They are so easy and quick to make and are great to jazz up a salad. I toss cubes of bread in olive oil and freshly crushed garlic and sprinkle with a little grated parmesan before cooking ... yum!
Wonderful! I will always make my own now--it's so easy! Mine were done at 10 minutes, though, so watch them.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 44
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