Thursday, August 1, 2013

Herbed Croutons

For years I have seen recipes that teach a person how to take leftovers and turn them into beautiful, delicious meals.  I feel some have gone so far as to take spaghetti and turning it into a filet dinner....I don't get did they do that?

Since I am also not really a big eater of leftovers, the whole idea sort of blew my mind.

But what is it they say?  Necessity is the mother of invention.  So when I found myself with an enormous amount of leftover bread from a family dinner (evidently I had thought everyone was going to eat their very own loaf by the amount I had purchased) I thought I would give one of these miraculous "turn your leftovers into dinner" recipes.

Of course, I had to start small, so I went with croutons....who doesn't like croutons?  Well when they are made like this the answer is one!

Herbed Croutons
1 loaf French bread
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (optional)

Cut bread into 1/4 inch cubes.
 Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
Toss well.

Place on a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350°F until crispy.
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