Monday, June 28, 2010

Homemade Croutons a la Ann

Thought many of you would enjoy making your own croutons to go with fresh summer salads. I grow many of my own herbs so I have access to different ones all summer. Remember to mix it up as far as the herbs you use go, try different combinations for different salads, etc. this is just a basic recipe I use. In this picture, I show the croutons on Tarragon Chicken Salad(recipe on this site), with fruit. Have Fun!!

  1. Older bread or rolls, about 4-5 cups

  2. 1 stick Unsalted butter, melted

  3. Chopped herbs of your choice... Some of the ones I like are tarragon, thyme, basil, parsley, rosemary

  4. Onion powder to taste

  5. garlic salt to taste

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cut bread or rolls into small bite size pieces. Put in bowl. Melt butter, add herbs of choice, garlic salt and onion powder. Toss well. Spread in a single layer on a sided cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, turn croutons, and then bake for 15 minutes more. Cool on cookie sheet and put in plastic bag. Will keep quite a while in a bag or you can freeze part for later. HINT: Instead of using herbs, you can add grated parmesan cheese to herbs and a little parsley for a different taste. These are really good on the top of soups also.

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