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May 17, 2007 08:23 PM

I have old bread & want to make croutons, but my oven is broken.

Is it possible to make them on the stove top?
What else can I do with this bread?
I have about a 6"x10" piece...

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  1. if you have a cast iron skillet, you can toss them around until they are browned on all sides. It's possible with stainless or nonstick, just not as efficient. Seasoning depends on what their eventual use will be.

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    1. re: mojoeater

      This is what usually do -- I like it better than in the oven, actually.

      1. Where do you live? If you live in a dry place like Edmonton (where I live) or Arizona, try just leaving it out.

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        1. re: yshekster

          Butter-fried croutons rock. melt some butter in the pan over med., toss in the croutons and sautee, add a little more butter to finish coating them and fry till golden. Season with herbs/spices, s&p and empty onto a paper towel to absorb excess butter. Also is great with olive oil instead.

          1. re: damadchef

            Yup, it's like stir-fry bread cubes ...

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Delicious-sounding ideas. If you want to wait for your oven, cut in cubes and freeze them until the oven gets fixed.

        2. Nuking breakfast I remembered I've make croutons in the microwave before. Here's two different approaches

          For this recipe (scroll down a way) you microwave the bread first to dry stirring and checking them every two minutes. Then you add your choice of fat ... butter or olive oil ... coat with seasoning of choice and put back in the microwave to crisp up.

          The second method involves melting the butter first, adding butter and spices and then puting in the microwave to crisp up checking every minute or so.

          1. so I just made my croutons!
            I sauteed them in some butter and seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
            I will be topping my roasted tomato soup with these croutons!
            they're so good! yum!

            Thanks for the tips :)