Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Easy Garlic Croutons

After eating too much on Memorial Day, we opted for a light and healthy meal on Tuesday evening.  

We use our grill on a weekly basis in the summer and one of our favorite things to grill is chicken.  

For a quick and easy supper I will often make a large garden salad and top it with grilled chicken.  It is keeps my kitchen cool on hot summer days and is a great way to use up the produce in my refrigerator.

One of my favorite things to put on my salad are fresh, homemade croutons.  Store bought croutons are often hard and yucky and overpriced!  Homemade croutons are easy to make, inexpensive and flavorful.  I like to make a large batch and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator so that I always have some on hand.

To make these simple croutons I use stale bread or buns.

{It's a great way to use up those last few pieces of bread that no one wants to eat}

I store stale bread in the freezer until I have enough to make a big batch.

Butter both sides of bread or buns and sprinkle with garlic salt.

You can add any seasoning you like and even some fresh parmesan too!

I also like to add chopped parsley...

Next, cube the bread using a bread knife and place a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes.

Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

These croutons are great on salad, soup and even crushed on top of casseroles!


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