Heather says:

Have you been laying out good money for boxes of croutons?  Look what you’re getting in a box of Marie Calendar’s Classic Seasoned Croutons:

How about making your own croutons for a fraction of the cost and without all the unpronounceable ingredients from leftover bread?  This is a wonderful use for day old or oops overbaked specials, you can find if you don’t normally extra bread.

Basic Croutons

  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 2 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic – finely minced
  • approx 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups bread cut into cubes

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Place the butter, olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning in a microwave safe dish.  Microwave on high for approximately 30 seconds, just long enough to melt the butter. Stir.

In a large bowl toss the cubed bread with the melted butter and seasoning.

Spread the seasoned bread cubes on a baking sheet, in a single layer.  Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until the bread is toasted.

Store in an airtight container.


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  2. And Miles To Go.... on September 11, 2007 at 11:11 am

    they look delicious!! I must make these!

  3. boogiemum on September 2, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    awesome! I was planning on making some this week and you presented me with a new recipe. I can’t wait to try it out!

  4. Margo on September 2, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    oh, delicious idea! Hate those unpronounceable ingredients.

  5. Slevi on September 2, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Now this definitely made it sound really easy :), should try it out once. Sounds like one of those easy recipe’s which simply can’t fail, let’s hope my croutons won’t end up black though :).

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