I haven't bought croutons for over a year. Part of the fact is that I now how braces and crunchy things aren't as easy to eat. Let alone pain free at times. Lately, I have been catching myself yearning for croutons when shopping for groceries. I take a look at the price, along with the selection, and pass them by. I am not a big fan of garlic. I don't like to taste my food for two days later. I like it, but in moderation. Many of the croutons you buy contain more garlic flavor than I like. Hence the journey to make my own.
I was inspired by a friend, Maria's, blog postings on "Things I May Never Buy Again" and another in Part 2. I have been wanting to make some croutons since reading her posts a few weeks ago. Lotion as well, but that is for another day. I had an extra loaf of bread we were neglecting so I decided to start the venture.
I searched for a recipe and the first site that popped up was How to make croutons from left over bread. Even though my bread wasn't "left over" I was ready to give it a try. I laid the pieces of bread out on my dehydrator tray to dry out for a few hours. The bread was really moist and wasn't going to cut easy. After a few attempts with a knife I noticed the site mentioned using scissors to cut the bread. What a great idea! It worked great.
I got out my large roasting pan, poured olive oil in the bottom, added garlic powder, onion powder, dried marjoram, paprika and pepper and stirred to mix. I then added the bread cubes and mixed to coat them. I ended up having to drizzle more olive oil over them and added more spices. For added flavor I sprinkled them with fresh grated Romano cheese. Put it in the oven at 350 degrees. I stirred it frequently, and baked them until crisp. I like mine really crunchy, so I baked them a little longer than most would. I will have to make another batch of softer ones for the rest of the family.
There would have been more in the container, but I couldn't stop eating them. I also decided to make a salad as an excuse to eat more of them!