croutons

another thing that we have started making this year is croutons. It is almost a non-recipe but they are so easy and so much better than any croutons poured from a box or pouch.
With all of the burgers we make, we more or less have a new package of buns each week so I often use buns for the bread part.

Leftover bread
Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper
(alternately/additionally as you like Cayenne, Parmesan, Garlic, Oregano…)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

While it heats, cut two to four cups of bread chunks. I like them to be about 1 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ chunks. I tend to put the chunks in a 9″ X 13″ pan and then liberally sprinkle (douse) them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and any spices that interest you or that work with what you are making salad wise.

Bake for about 12 -15 minutes tossing once or twice to distribute oil and toasting.

They keep ok in an airtight container or ziploc bag for a few days but are best when eaten fresh.

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