Cooking tips for the caring cook.
To make your own croutons cut day-old white bread into small cubes. Saute in a little olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat, tossing frequently until crisp and golden, about 5 minutes. For extra flavor, add a little finely chopped garlic or chopped fresh herbs - delicous. Just crush fresh garlic and mix with olive oil. Brush the mixture on your bread cubes (or put bread cubes in a bowl and toss with oil until evenly coated).
Alternate way to cook: Brown in your oven at 400 degrees. Watch carefully until the croutons are golden brown, then remove from oven - you don't want to over cook them as they'll get too crunchy.
- To make surprisingly delicious and crunchy almond "croutons", heat oven to 350 degrees. Then toss 2/3 cup slivered almonds with 2 teaspoons olive oil in a shallow baking pan and arrange them in a single layer. Next, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese and 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt before baking 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown, tossing once. Cool and toss the almond "croutons" with green salads just before serving, or sprinkle on steamed vegetables.
Topping Ideas for Your Croutons
- Parmesan cheese
- Dried Parsley
- Dry Ranch Seasoning and Dressing Mix - this one is a favorite among many!
- Onion salt
If desired and/or preferred, you can use butter in place of the olive oil. Lends a wonderful buttery flavor if that's a preferred taste for you.