Quick Fix: Herbed Croutons

It's inevitable; I always come home from the grocery to the question, "Did you get croutons?" And the answer is always the same thing, "I forgot." I always did. Croutons aren't in my mind--not on my radar. I feel it's pointless to pay for stale bread, that sort of thing. But then it dawned on me... if it's croutons he wants, then I can make that!

And so can you! They are even a quick fix! In fact, it's so easy to make croutons that it sort of blew my mind. It made me feel all awesome when I made them. So if you are looking to feel all awesome, you might want to make croutons... or buy a new blouse. Your choice. 

Take your day old bread of any variety.... 

And cut it up.... 

Into cubes. 

Put your bread cubes in a bowl and then sprinkle them with basil. 

Then add your olive oil, trying to distribute it relatively easily. 

Then you must mix it... and can you guess how? With you hands, of course! It's the very best way to do it!

Place them on a pan and spread them evenly. 

Sprinkle them with parmesan cheese. 

Then pop them in the oven for 30 minutes, turning once half way through. 

YUM! All goldeny and crispy!

Salad heaven.... here I come!

Time: 40 minutes, start to finish | Makes: A bunch of Croutons | Difficulty: Easy 

You will need

About a half of loaf of day old bread
pinch of salt 
1 teaspoon dried basil 
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
Parmesan cheese (to sprinkle)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut bread into cubes and place in a large bowl. Add the salt, basil, and olive oil. Mix evenly with hands. 

Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet in one layer. 

Sprinkle the bread cubes with parmesan cheese.

Place in the oven for 30 minutes, turning once about halfway through. When they are done, they should be golden and crispy. 

Keep in mind, oven temperatures can vary from oven to oven. So if your croutons need a little more time, trust your judgement and give them time :) 

Add them to a salad and marvel at your excellence! You'll never buy croutons again!

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