Friday, October 26, 2012

Homemade Gourmet Croutons

Why would anyone go through the trouble of making their own croutons?  Isn't it easier to just pluck them from the grocery store shelf?  It may be more convenient, but, have you read the back of the label, lately?  What's that sodium content?  And what were you going to do with that days old french bread, anyway?  Toss it?   Would you throw away a dollar bill?  Didn't think so!

It only takes a few minutes to create your own gourmet croutons.  I'm SURE you have the ingredients handy waiting for the bread to get hard.  Try this at home.

Home Made Croutons

1 1/2  cups of French bread, cut into cubes, crust and all

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp butter

salt and pepper

seasoning of your choice (garlic, rosemary, herb de Provence are my favorites)  I usually use 1/2 to a full teaspoon of herb sprinkled in.

Melt the oil and butter in a skillet.  Throw in the bread cubes stirring briskly.  When they begin to brown add the salt and pepper and seasoning of your choice.  Done!  If you like them really crunchy , lay them out on a cookie sheet and place in the oven on very low heat for a bit.  Pop one in your mouth to test.  You be the judge!

Use for soups or salads.  They are so much better than packaged "salt cubes"!  This recipe can be easily doubled, do the math.

Here's a label of a best selling packaged crouton, if you're curious.

Enriched Wheat Flour [FlourBarley Malt, Ferrous Sulfate (Iron), B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Water, High Fructose Corn SyrupPartially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Garlic Powder, Salt, Romano CheesePowder (Pasteurized Skim MilkCheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes, Sodium Phosphate). Contains 2% or Less of: Onion Powder, Yeast, Blue Cheese Powder (Pasteurized Skim MilkCheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes, Sodium Phosphate), Spices, WheyHydrolyzed Soy ProteinAnchovy Powder, Autolyzed Yeast, Dehydrated Parsley, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Vinegar Powder, Citric Acid, Dough Conditioners (Calcium Iodate, Calcium Dioxide), Calcium Sulfate.


1 comment:

  1. Looks neat. I would love to try to make my own croutons.
    Thanks for sharing.