Have you ever been at the grocery store and seen that crazy looking lady hovered over the grocery discount buggy? You know, the one grabbing arm loads of price reduced bakery bread like she’s on a 30 second shopping spree.
Yep, that’s me. Guilty!
I bet if you ever really saw me you’d probably wonder what in the world I’m doing with all that bread. Well the truth is, I do a lot with it.
I love getting my hands on some discounted French, Sourdough or Ciabatta bread. (All still in date and fresh.)
When I get home from the store I simply toss it into the freezer until I need it.
Discounted bakery bread can be used for lots of things. Homemade garlic bread, salad croutons, or cubed for stuffing. I even grind them up to make bread crumbs for rolling chicken in, or adding to meatballs.
When you can get that much use out of one loaf of bread, it’s hard to pass up. Especially, when it’s priced for a dollar or less. I mean, have you looked at the price of frozen garlic bread lately? Yikes! $$$
On spaghetti night I can usually make both the garlic bread, and croutons for my salad, for around .75 cents worth of bread. Less expensive, and WAY better than buying the over priced, premade stuff, at the store.
The great thing about homemade croutons is you can make them any flavor you want. Just change up the seasoning mixture and the possibilities are endless. Try onion and herb, garlic and cheese, lemon pepper, Italian style. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous. Try different combinations to fit your taste buds or salad type. Did I mention they taste great?
Today I’ll share with you my basic seasoned crouton recipe. It’s so simple to make. Once you start making your own croutons you won’t want to go back to the store bought brands. Trust me!
You may even find yourself digging though that discount buggy, just like me. But, do me a favor when you do. Promise you’ll save this crazy discount lady a loaf or two. 😉
- Half a loaf of Rustic Ciabatta bread (6ounces)
- 1½ tablespoons of melted butter
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Cube bread into desired crouton size
- In a bowl mix melted butter, oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and seasoned salt
- Drizzle liquid mixture over bread cubes, toss well until evenly coated
- Spread bread on baking sheet, careful not to overlap
- Bake for approx. 10 to 15 minutes, or until croutons are light brown and crispy