Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Seasoned Croutons

Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 10 minutes
Yield: 12 servings/3 cups

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
Pinch salt
6 slices day-old bread, cubed

In an ungreased baking pan, combine the butter, oil and seasonings. Heat in a 300° oven until butter is melted. Remove from the oven; stir to combine.

Add bread cubes and toss to coat. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Cool. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Tips and Tricks
Make sure the bread is dry enough. I first tried this recipe with bread that was still quite moist, and it didn't turn out.
Make It Healthier
Use unsalted butter or trans-fat free spread. Use whole grain bread.
How Kids Can Help
Measure seasonings. Cube bread. Toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup equals 61 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 99 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein

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