4 Ingredient Homemade Croutons...
Right about now, every Spring, when the weather starts to turn warmer and the daylight lasts until after the kids' bedtime, I find myself adding salads to our weekly dinner menu, as most of us are craving 'light & fresh' these days.
One thing I love to do is make a big batch of homemade croutons to last throughout our week. Truth - they often don't last past night two and many times they are more than half gone before leaving the oven:) Making the fixings of our salads ahead helps get us fed and out the door a little more swiftly, and with baseball & softball season about to be in full swing we are going to be needing a lot of fast and healthy in the weeks ahead.
Homemade 4 Ingredient Croutons
~ Fresh loaf of bread cut into cubes (DAY OLD IS BEST! Also, helpful tip: buy two loaves and double this recipe because you are going to need more. I like changing up bread types between French, Italian, and Sourdough.
~ 1/3 cup of Olive oil
~ 1/4 teaspoon of Garlic powder
~ 1/4 teaspoon of Sea salt
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, combine the bread, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle olive oil over bread while stirring. Stir until coated well, oil is absorbed, and all ingredients are mixed.
On a sheet pan, spread the cubes evenly, making sure they aren't touching. Bake for around ten minutes (more if they are fresh, less if they are more stale. My day old bread usually takes exactly 10 mins) When they are a crispy, golden brown they are ready for munching!
This week I'm going to totally throw them for a loop and whip them up a batch of ranch flavored croutons! I love adding simple, homemade elements to a quick, store bought variety of dinner as well...keeps the meal quick & convenient with a special little twist:)