The other day Joey brought home a huge bag of leftover sourdough from work. Usually we just grind them up in the food processor and feed them to the birds in our backyard, but this time I decided to make croutons. This is so simple I almost feel silly posting it, but a friend asked me how I made them so here goes. All the measurements are just approximations. You should just use as much or as little of each of the items as you need.
- 1/2 cup olive oil (enough to coat the bread)
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated (I used Kraft in the container and it worked perfectly)
- 4 cups bread cubes, crusts removed and cut in 3/4 inch cubes
- Adjust oven racks to the center postion in your oven and heat to 350F
- Whisk the oil, garlic and salt together in a large bowl.
- Add the bread cubes and toss until thoroughly coated.
- Gradually add the parmesan cheese while tossing bread cubes
- Lightly coat two cooking sheets with non-stick spray
- Spread the bread cubes onto baking sheets and bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
- Allow the croutons to cool to room temperature before serving
- Once cooled store croutons in air-tight container