When I got married just over three months ago, we had quite a bit of food left over from the reception. My mom, being the awesome person that she is, froze leftover buns, meat, and vegetables for me. (I used some green peppers in my chili, and we’ve been enjoying the meat and buns as well!)
However, there’s only so many white buns I can eat.
So I made croutons!
– Bread or buns, cut into cubes
– olive oil (I used about 1/8-1/4 cup for 8 buns)
– salt and pepper
– garlic and onion powder (about 1/4 teaspoon of each for 8 buns)
optional: I added dried dill weed this time just because I thought the little green specks would look good. I couldn’t really taste it. You can add anything that sounds good to you.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Pour the oil into a cookie sheet and add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and any optional seasonings. Stir the bread cubes in the oil on the cookie sheet as well as possible. Spread the cubes out. They don’t have to be completely single layer.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15-18 minutes, checking and stirring at first every 5-8 minutes, then about every 4 minutes until bread is slightly browned.
4. Let cool and store in plastic bags.
Since croutons are not really expensive in the store, if you are going to make these with bread you went out and bought for this purpose, I don’t think it’d be that much different in price than buying croutons. (Unless you get some really cheap white bread.) This does, however, save me money because I have bread that needs to be used and it prevents me from the urge to buy croutons.