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Jan 17, 2011 06:02 AM

Recipe for croutons?

Addicted to croutons in my salad. They are expensive. Do you have a recipe? Thanks.

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    1. re: davmar77

      I do something similar, but stove-top. I think it gets a better crunchy on the outside but still a bit chewy on the inside finish. Season with salt and pepper while cooking in the oil, then with a minute or so left to go, grate some garlic in and toss it all around. I skip the garlic if it's a salad where garlic wouldn't go well.

      1. re: davmar77

        That's what I do, and toss on a little ancho powder, or cayenne for more zip.

      2. I try and keep my croutons kind of low cal and I am pretty lazy so I start with good chewy bread and toast it fairly dark in the toaster. As soon as it comes out I rub it with cut garlic and drizzle on a little olive oil and sprinkle of salt. Cut into cubes and you're set.

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        1. re: escondido123

          Everyone says tthey love my ceasar salad the best because I make my own croutons - I have even seen a couple of folks eating my croutons on their own.
          I bake all of my bread in a bread machine - and when I make croutons and bread crumbs - I use a full loaf -about 1/2 for the bread crumbs & and the other half for croutons . I cut the croutons in to small squares (like the store-bought - but a bit larger)...I mix up about 1/3 c. canola oil - 1 tlbs. garlic powder - 1 tlbs onion powder - 1/2 tlbs. onion salt onion salt - toss in a bowl - put on a cookie sheet - set oven at about 250 - and toast till brown - I do keep a watch on them - so I don't have a time they cook. Believe me - you'll love these - I would not - under any circumstances purchase store bought croutons.