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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Homemade Croutons Recipe

So I might just never buy store bought croutons again.  I made my own croutons yesterday and they were incredible.   They were surprisingly simple to make and so delicious!  

Old Bread, any type - I actually used Hot Dog buns that were leftover from Ty's birthday party.
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut bread into cubes.
In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with enough olive oil to lightly coat.  I used approximately 1/4 cup for 6 hot dog buns.
Add Kosher salt and black pepper and toss until cubes are coated.
Put bread on baking pan that is lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
Bake bread in oven for 20-30 minutes until bread is golden brown and crunchy.

Homemade croutons can last up to two weeks stored in a plastic container or bag, unrefrigerated.

You can also add your own spices to add a variety of flavor to these croutons.  I'm going to try basil and Parmesan cheese on my next batch!

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