Monday, February 21, 2011

Homemade Garlic Croutons

Hi Friends!
So you must know by now my girls and I hosted a tea party a couple weeks ago and I promised you the recipes from it. I have given you the Smoked Turkey with Arugula Aioli recipe and also my favorite Scone recipe…but folks, this is not a recipe from the tea party, rather a byproduct of the tea party! You know, I used 34 pieces of bread for my tea sammies, and I cut off ALL the crusts.  {You just cannot have crusts on your tea sandwiches, of course.} So there I was with a huge bag of crusts. I couldn’t just add them to the compost bin…so I decided to make homemade croutons with them. 
um, WOW!
We ate them by the handful, like chips; and I’m not sure my family will ever eat store-bought again. {darn!}
Homemade Garlic Crouton Recipe{by the way, this is EASY! and so worth it}

Ingredients:
~34 pieces of bread crusts! (ok, ok, approx. 3 cups of cubed bread pieces)
~1/4 cup olive oil
~10 cloves garlic
~1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (buy this if you’ve never tried it! It’s just so, um, well, smoky.)
~salt/pepper to taste
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 425o F {I love to use the convection setting for things like this.}
Chop bread into 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a large bowl with lid.
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Chop garlic or put in a mini chopper {food processor}.
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Add olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper and mix again for a few seconds.
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{I’m tellin’ ya, try the smoked paprika, it’s great in your marinades for meats and in pastas, etc. Can’t get it at Trader Joe’s though, sorry. I’ll work on them for it.}
Pour olive oil mixture over bread crumbs. Put lid on bowl and shake it up!
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Spread bread crumbs out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
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Bake for approx. 9 minutes and then turn with spatula. Bake another 9-ish minutes until golden and crisp.
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Enjoy! Eat them by the handful toss them over your favorite salad or serve them atop hot soup.
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They were enjoyed equally by adults and
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kids alike.

But honestly, more were eaten by the handful than anything else! They lasted on the counter one afternoon…getting nibbled up by each passer-by. 
Both my son and husband walked in asking where the garlic bread was…not only does it taste great, your house smells like an Italian Cucina.

Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. mavis E. ButterfieldFebruary 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Welcome to the homemade crouton bandwagon dude. They are SO easy to make and I'm surprised that people actually buy them. Yours look yummy, my mouth is watering!

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