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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Why buy croutons?

Don't know why commercially produced croûtons come wrapped in so much packaging! I'll show them! Croûtons can't be that hard to make, so I'll just make my own...and do.
   The ones here are made with cubed homemade No-Knead Multi-grain Bread, but cutting up store-bought bread works fine too. Whole grain commercial breads might work best but stale white bread works well too.
   Take a couple of slices of bread, cube into little squares, then fry in a hot skillet with 1 to 2 Tablespoons of olive oil (add butter too, if looking for deeper flavored croûtons to use on top of soups).
   I just grab whatever seasoning strikes my fancy that day...love the smell of cooking oregano, so I often use that along with some other salt/spice mixture. I sometimes use Mrs. Dash, if not wanting added salt. Some Greek seasoning if I've got some feta cheese to go in the salad. Stir and toss the bread cubes in the oil until the edges get a little crispy. Then serve!
   Even though making croûtons is very easy, it's one of those things that I'd probably forget to do if I weren't consciously trying to reduce the packaging waste in this household. Yet another area where being green saves me some green!
   Hope something green is goin' on in your world today?!

7 comments:

Mountain Mama said...

Great idea! I used to work in a restaurant and this is exactly how we made our croutons and they were so delicous - much better than store bought!
Mmmm...once again you've made me hungry!
Have a great day! :)

becky3086 said...

Thanks! I have been wondering how these were made.

Wan Sharif said...

Great tip!.. I must confess that I do not normally go and buy croutons.. but I like it whenever I come into contact with it.. seminars, meeting or conference.. with your tip .. may be I can introduce it to my family.
Merci beaucoup.

Mel said...

They are so easy to make, so why haven't I made any before?

Dmarie said...

thanks, you guys, such fun to get feedback!

BLD in MT said...

Boy, I haven't had a crouton in years! It seems like perfect soup and crouton weather though so that might be on the menu. Thanks for the tip.

singlemama said...

there are so many little things which can be made instead of buying them ready! and it's so much safer to live and eat in this way!

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