Thursday, May 17, 2012

Homemade Garlic Croutons

For my friend Holly who is always looking for new uses for old bread! 

I used wheat, white and threw in a few stale Sweet, Sexy Dinner Rolls.  Made a nice medley!
This is one of the few recipes I have that is actually better with garlic powder in lieu of fresh garlic. Fresh garlic tends to burn and just lay on the bottom of the pan when cooking at high heat.
You can also add a sprinkle of Parmesan right when you take them out of the oven. 
These make your usual salads really special and they are so easy to make!

8 cups cubed stale bread
6 Tablespoons butter
6 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (use convection feature if you have it)
Cube bread into 1 inch pieces.

Spread bread cubes onto baking sheet.
Melt butter.  Add olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Mix well.
Coat breadcrumbs with mixture and toss well.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Toss a couple times while cooking so all pieces brown evenly.

Store in a ziploc type bag.

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