Thursday, June 21, 2012

Homemade Jumbo Croutons

I've had 3 days off in a row, and since it's the summer and I have no homework, I've been overwhelmed by all my free time. First day off, I accidentally rode my horse about 30 miles, which took 8 hours. I could barely walk afterwards. Yesterday I baked bread, and then about 5 dozen cookies for no reason at all. A dozen would have been fine, but no... Today I used half of the bread I made yesterday to make croutons. I love croutons. A salad just isn't the same without croutons. However, I do NOT like to buy them in those bags at the store. Has anyone ever looked at the ingredient list!? And, croutons are the easiest thing to make ever.



Homemade Jumbo Croutons
INGREDIENTS:
  • Half a loaf of bread (I used my 7 grain bread)
  • 3ish tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Crazy Jane's Mixed Up Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat your oven to 400°
  • Cut your bread into thick slices if possible, or try to buy texas toast cut bread


  • Then, cut them into vertical slices about an inch thick


  • Tear these strips into chunks that are about cube shaped and place on a cookie sheet (or two cookie sheets depending on their size)


  • Drizzle the croutons with a very healthy amount of olive oil. I didn't actually measure it, but it was enough for them to be completely soaked in it
  • Sprinkle all the seasonings on top, and salt and pepper to taste. Using your hands, mix everything together to make sure all the croutons are nice and oily, and covered with enough seasoning. Eat a raw crouton and make sure it tastes good before you bake it. Add more seasonings to your liking. 



  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Stir croutons around, bake for 5 more minutes. Stir again and bake for 5 more minutes until they are crunchy and nice and golden brown

  • Let cool on the pan for 10 minutes or so, so that they get an extra crunch. Store in an airtight container. They last for quite a while when stored properly, and they never really go stale.
  • Enjoy!

My calorie counter won't let me use my bread recipe in another recipe, so I had to do some weird stuff and can't take a pretty picture like normal, but I still have the information. 

Assuming there is 15 servings of croutons here...


Calories: 122.2
Total Fat: 5.53g
Saturated Fat: 1.5
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.27g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.8g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 4.33mg
Sodium: 332mg
Potassium: 2.07mg
Total Carbs: 17.33g
Dietary Fiber: 2.07g
Sugars: 3.6g
Protein: 2.67g
Vitamin A: 1.2%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 1.27%
Iron: 4%

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