Monday, June 22, 2015

No Waste Left Behind: making Great Croutons

Doesn't it always seem that you buy a beautiful, fresh baguette or Italian Loaf, but are never capable of finishing it? You know that by the next morning you will have a "brick" of bread waiting for you--not chewy or crusty from a day ago--just inedible!  



Have a back up plan for maximizing that loaf of bread, and the $3 bucks it cost you! French Toast is an awesome option for breakfast; or, use it for Homemade Croutons instead of buying nasty, stale, powdered Ranch dressing bread cubes! Bonus: your salads will taste all the better!

Stretch your college grocery dollars with this ultra easy recipe I picked up from a cooking class with The Chopping Block in Chicago! Great classes with fantastic instructors in a fun, relaxing environment to learn basic cooking skills! Check them out this weekend. (Disclosure: I have no financial incentive to promote them)

DIY Croutons For Caesar (Any) Salad

Equipment:
Mixing bowl
Baking sheet
Parchment Paper (optional)

Ingredients:
3 cups Baguette or other white bread, torn or cut into bite-size pieces
Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil (use Regular Olive Oil and Fresh Garlic otherwise)
Salt & Pepper


Instructions:
1. Wash your hands!
2. Preheat oven to 375F degrees
3. Tear or cube your bread.


4. Combine bread in mixing bowl with drizzle of grapeseed oil. 
5. Bread should appear to be glistening once tossed with enough oil. 



6. Add salt & pepper.
7. Add herbs if you like. 



8. Spread onto baking sheet in single layer.



9. Bake 10 minutes until golden brown. 


10. While you are waiting, prep your Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan, and any protein you may be adding to it!




Fantastic condiment for the Caesar Salad  coming to the blog this week! Or any other salad!