My Yummy Local Life

{January 25, 2013}   Waste Not, Want Not- Homemade Croutons

I had a loaf of homemade challah bread on the counter and noticed this morning that is was just starting to mold on the cut side.

I did not throw the whole thing away. Instead I cut about and inch thick piece of bread off where the mold was, checked the rest over and found no other signs of mold, and turned the rest into croutons.

Cut the bread into even sized cubes, mine are about 1/2 inch.


In a cast iron in medium heat, add the oil of your choice- I used mostly EVOO this time around. Add about 2-3 cloves of smashed garlic to the oil.


When the garlic is browned and crispy, remove it from the pan. (Save this garlic to use later in sauce or salad dressing.) Add your cubes of old bread to the oil and toss to coat with a wooden spoon.


Toast on medium low for about 5-10 minutes until they are the brownness and crispiness that you prefer. Let cool completely and then store in an air right container. In the refrigerator these should keep for a couple weeks (if they last that long). For longer storage, you could freeze them for several months.


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