Since I am the only one in our household who adds "rabbit food" to my cheeseburgers we tend to have a lot of lettuce, tomatoes, and other toppings leftover as well. Perfect for salads for lunches throughout the week.
When I make salads at home croutons aren't generally an ingredient that I add but when I eat out I look forward to those crunchy bits in the salad. I also love a well seasoned crouton.
These Homemade Croutons are so easy to make and are seasoned to perfection. Homemade Croutons taste much better than store bought. I think making your own croutons would be a perfect touch when serving a salad to guests and adds a touch of class.
You could even make a batch of the croutons and then pulse them in the food processor for a breadcrumb topping for a mac n' cheese. However you use them you won't be disappointed.
MyRecipes.com and Real Simple, August 2007
Makes 2 cups
Stars of the Show:
- 2 hamburger or hot dog buns, cut into 1" pieces
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp salt - I think using half this amount would be better.
- 2 tsp mixed dried herbs - I used oregano, thyme, basil, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Preheat oven to 375°. Place the cut buns onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Drizzle with the butter, salt, and mixed dried herbs. Bake, turning once, for about 7 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.
Let the croutons cool. You can store the croutons in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:Calories: 136
Calories from fat: 66%
Saturated fat: 6g