I’ve gotta say it out loud- I’ve been blessed with an amazing mother-in-law. As I type this, she’s entertaining herself in our backyard cleaning out the overgrown garden boxes we received with the rental of our little house. And I don’t mean just pulling weeds; she’s taking every last root out of those suckers and getting them ready so all we need to do is plant our veggies. Ah-mazing. Even cuter, M-Law asked me if it would be ok if she played in the dirt while the hubster and I were at work, to which I said “Of course!”, and to which she then asked a few more times just to make sure she wasn’t being rude or stepping on any toes. Ah-dorable. And no, really, she wanted to! I swear that I didn’t fly my MIL all the way out from Virginia for a ‘vacation’ where I then forced manual labor on her; that’s how green her green thumb is! Mama Gail looovvveesss to garden!
Which brings me to these croutons. M-Law also loves herself some fresh veggie packed salads, and since she too makes her own breads and cooks from scratch a ton (um, she took my homemade cream cheese to the next level and made it into a cheesecake!), I had to make some croutons while she was here to direct me!
The best part about these croutons is you can literally make them with anything you want. Any type of bread, any type of hebs or spices or salts and even sprinkles of some cheese. We had some homemade sourdough bread on hand, some parmesan, pink himalayan salt, and some herbs de provence that our friends had brought us from Paris last year.
So I sliced and cubed a couple of slices of Dan’s delicious sourdough (this particular loaf had a little extra baking time, as seen by the slightly burnt bottom, so it was perfect!)
Then sprinkled with about a teaspoon of salt, tablespoon of the herbs de provence, and then just a light dusting of parm. We just wanted a super subtle nutty flavor from the parm, but you can add even more to make them cheesier.
Then they went into the oven under the broiler for just a couple of minutes until they start to brown. For even browning I gave them a little flip,
until they were to a level of golden and crispy that looked good to us. Totally a preference thing. Had they been just for me, I probably would have let them brown even longer. But I also a weirdo who preferred almost burnt toast as a kid.
Plenty for salads for the rest of the week, too! And thanks to all the hard work by Mama Gail, this summer we’ll be enjoying truly from scratch salads with all the lettuce and veggies we’re going to have in our weed-free garden beds 🙂
- 8 cups of cubed slightly stale sourdough bread (or any bread you have around)
- 1 - 2 tablespoons of olive oil or melted butter
- 1 - 2 teaspoons of pink himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon of herbs de provence
- 1/2 tablespoon of finely shredded parmesan cheese
- Move oven rack to the top slot and set oven to broil.
- Meanwhile, slice and cube bread into 1 inch cubes. Place on a baking sheet in one even layer and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with salt, herbs de provence, and parmesan cheese.
- Place in oven and with door ajar, broil for about 2 minutes or until they begin to brown to your liking. Remove pan and then rotate the bread cubes for even browning. Return to oven and continue to broil until they are browned to your liking.
- Remove from oven and cool. Serve on top of your favorite salad, in french onion soup, or just as a snack!