For the last couple of years, I have been trying to eliminate pre made and processed foods from my family’s diet. Not only is it healthier to make things from scratch, it is much cheaper and you can control the quality of your ingredients. Making croutons at home is really a no brainer for me, because not only do they taste a hundred times better, but they help me to eliminate throwing away and wasting stale bread!
Do you ever buy nice, fresh loaves of bread at the store only to eat half and then forget the rest until you find it three days later, stale as a board? Or, you didn’t forget about the bread, but you threw it in your freezer a month ago, and now it is taking up valuable space? These are two things that happen to me all the time and then I end up just throwing away the bread. Today I decided to spare the poor, stale bread from the garbage can and bake it into croutons for our Caesar salad that night. This recipe couldn’t be simpler, and you can change the spices or type of bread to anything you have on hand.
Bread (Anything works here, from plain old loaf bread to fancy french baguettes. I used a whole wheat baguette
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut bread into cubes and spread out in an even layer on a baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and then sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. Let cool and then use immediately on your salad or store in an airtight container for later use. These will keep for a while if they are properly stored!