I’m a big fan of turning something that is a potential waste product into something useful. For example, recently one of my roommates had a loaf of bread that was getting quite dry and had been sitting on the counter for some time. There’s no point in throwing out a mostly perfectly good loaf of bread…
Joel’s Homemade Croutons
(Please, excuse the cruddy cell phone pic. It’s what I had available to me at the moment.)
- Old, dry, bread (old French bread works great)
- 1/2 cup olive (or canola) oil
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Seasoning salt
- Dried Oregano
- Optional: Fish sauce
- In a bowl, combine the oil and spices. Mix well.
- Cut the bread up into small cubes.
- Quickly toss the bread in the bowl with the oil and spices. (The longer you let the bread sit in the oil mixture, the heavier/more oily it gets. The best way I’ve found to toss it is to use your hands. Sure, they get all oily, but what’s a good kitchen adventure without a bit of something on your hands?)
- Lay the freshly tossed bread cubes onto a cookie sheet one layer thick. Place in an oven at 400 degrees F. Every few minutes pull them out, and give them a stirring/flipping so that all the sides get crispy. They are completely done when the bread is nice and crunchy.
- Eat them! Since the croutons are already pretty much dried out bread, leaving them on the counter won’t hurt them. I’ll usually toss them on some spring greens with a bit of salad dressing.