We eat a LOT of salads in our house, one with every meal normally. We ran out of croutons the other day and I really wanted some, so I decided to make my own. I didn’t have any fancy bread, so I just used the regular sliced bread I had on hand.
Yield: about 2 cups
4 slices regular white bread
2-3 tablespoons butter, melted
seasonings to taste (salt, garlic powder, parsley)
Cut each slice of bread into bite-sized pieces. Cover a baking pan with aluminum foil and spread out pieces of bread. Bake at 350 for about ten minutes, or until crisp. While this is baking, mix butter and seasonings in a small bowl or cup.
Remove bread from oven and dump into a large bowl. Toss with the butter mixture until all pieces are evenly coated. Do this quickly before they get a chance to get soggy. Return to pan and continue to bake until your desired doneness. Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container. Serve on salads.
The Verdict: Well my husband said he loves these and doesn’t see why I bother buying the ones at the store if I knew how to do this! Um, because it’s easy. But I probably WILL start making my own more because the ones at the store are so crunchy you feel like your neighbors can probably hear you chewing! I didn’t make mine very hard, more like the ones at Outback, if you’re familiar with theirs. Also, I was out of parsley so that would have added a visual element to them. But all in all, very yummy!