Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Croutons

Isn’t this the most amazing SOUP weather we’re having here in the High Country right now? Nothing tastes better than a steaming bowl of soup after you’ve been out shoveling the driveway. And shoveling the driveway again. And again. Oh man, we are in trouble if this goes on all winter! Good thing my family loves soup!

There are a number of little things that make regular food fabulous; one of those things is homemade croutons. A few days ago I realized that I was serving soup for dinner but I didn’t have any fresh bread to go with it. I turned the half a loaf of day-old sourdough bread sitting on my counter into garlic croutons and they transformed the entire meal! I try to keep an airtight tub of these tasty croutons in my pantry for “emergencies” just such as this.

Here are the easy instructions for homemade croutons.

Homemade Croutons

Cut leftover French, sourdough, or hearth bread into 1 inch cubes.

Put the bread cubes in a large bowl. Drizzle about 1/4 c. olive oil over the bread cubes. Toss the bread and olive oil with 2 T. minced garlic and 1/2 t. sea salt until the bread is evenly coated with oil and garlic.

Sourdough Garlic Croutons

Spread the bread pieces out on a cookie sheet (the type with edges work best because it keeps those pieces of bread corralled in the oven.)

homemade garlic croutons

Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until the croutons are golden brown and getting crispy. Turn the oven off and let the croutons cool down in the oven.

garlic croutons

Unless, of course, you need to use those croutons right away on the soup you’re serving for dinner! Go ahead. Pile those tasty little bits on top of your bowl of soup right away. Cooling them down in the oven is important if you plan to store them for a few days in an airtight tub.

Yes, this is a little thing, but it really does make a difference. The only problem with homemade croutons is that they are very difficult to keep for any length of time. Someone keeps snitching them out of the container when I’m not looking!

bowl of garlic croutons

And no, I haven’t forgotten that we’re barreling towards Christmas at a breakneck pace. At My Sister’s Kitchen, we’ve been remembering last year’s 31 Days of Christmas Cookies Project and revisiting those delectable Christmas treats. Here are some to get you started. Every few days, we post links to more Christmas cookies. Be sure to check them out.

Day 1: Grandma’s Dutch Jan Hagel Cookies

Day 2: Soft and Chewy Crackle-top Molasses Cookies

Day 3: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Day 4: Snickerdoodles

Day 5: Mint Brownies

Day 6: Dreamsicle Fudge

Day 7: Buffalo Chip Cookies

Day 8: Pfeffernusse (or Peppernut cookies)

Day 9: Gumdrop Pfeffernusse

Day 10: Raisin Pfeffernusse

Day 11: Anise Pfeffernusse

Day 12: Mexican Wedding Cookies

Day 13: Spritz Cookies

Day 14: Scottish Shortbread

Day 15: Hello Dolly Bars

Day 16: Swedish Sandbakkles

Day 17: Peppermint Bars

There’s a lot of Christmas baking going on at My Sister’s Kitchen right now in preparation for both Christmas and New Year. Be sure to stop by and check out what’s cookin’!

Barb, writing at My Sister’s Kitchen

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