8.26.2013

Croutons Recipe

So simple. A piece of rebaked bread, cubed for adding to salads, sliced when used as a base for appetizers or a great tasty topping for soup. The cubed version, referred to as "garlic candy" in our household, is kept in a canister on the kitchen counter. The perfect savory snack with a sip of wine while preparing dinner. Make your own croutons once and there's no more buying the powdery premade variety. This is a great way to use up a left over baguette or the awkward sized end piece of crusty French bread.
Mince or finely chop 2 large garlic cloves. Place in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt. Stir to blend. Add in 2 cups of baguette slices or cubes. Mix until the bread is evenly coated. Spread on a cookie sheet. Bake until golden in a preheated 350 degree oven. This takes about 10 minutes.
For a simple variation you could sprinkle some finely grated Parmesan over top before baking. Enjoy!
Top photo courtesy of  Closet Cooking. Croutons with soup, photo courtesy of  Edible Gems.










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