If you like great salad (and who doesn't?) with fresh, crispy lettuce, beautiful juicy ripe tomatoes, sweet onions and crunchy cucumber, why not top it with your own homemade croutons?
I buy wholewheat baguettes to make my croutons. Today's baguette cost me $1.25 (it's old, remember). When you get back to the kitchen, cut the bread into bite size pieces and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the cubes, then sprinkle on your favourite dried herbs- oregano, thyme, basil, a little paprika, some good quality garlic powder, a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss with your hands to make sure everything is coated and place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye to make sure they don't burn.
|Cooling down in the oven.|
You can go Tex-Mex with seasonings like chile powder, oregano, garlic maybe even a little lime zest and/or finely grated Monterey Jack cheese. Voilà!
Sooo, at the end of the day, for about $1.50 and a little bit of time, you have homemade croutons, flavoured the way you want them with ingredients you can pronounce- no preservatives, no additives, no funny ingredients.