I don’t mean to brag, but I made a couple of bad choices that led to a good choice this week.
Choice 1: I’d purchased a really long, skinny loaf of French bread from the grocery store. I don’t remember what I bought it for now; but, whatever good intentions I had fell apart. While my intentions fell apart, the French bread loaf got firmer.
Choice 2: I chose to ignore the issue. It didn’t go away.
Choice 3: I decided I would try to redeem myself. It might’ve been too late, but I was willing to take a knife to my now brick-like loaf of bread. The result is delicious, and now I have good intentions of using these buttery beauties upon a salad. I’ll let you know how my salad choice goes.
In the meantime, here is my homemade buttery croutons recipe. It’s versatile and dependable… even when our intentions are not.
Preheat oven to 375F.
- 1 long, skinny cheap loaf of grocery store French bread (or a short, chubby one)
- 1 cup (yup, two sticks) unsalted butter
- 3 T. garlic powder (or 4-5 fresh garlic cloves)
- Light dusting of sea salt
Allow loaf of French bread to sit out uncovered over night. Using a bread knife cut the loaf of French bread into about 1/2 to 3/4 inch squares. Spread squares over a half sheet pan (preferably one with edges).
Melt butter completely over low heat. At the end, add garlic powder or minced garlic if using fresh. Stir together.
How the buttery goodness kisses the bread cubes is up to you. I like quickly dipping a spoonful of squares into the butter with a slotted spoon, then placing them back onto the tray. Some might prefer to drizzle. Some may prefer to mix them all together in a large bowl. Whatever your method, make sure the bread cubes are well-covered with butter mixture.
Place all butter-coated bread cubes upon the tray again. Spread them out well. Dust a wee bit of sea salt over the croutons.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes until croutons are golden brown as pictured. You may like to toss them a bit mid way through the baking cycle.
Other things you can add to the butter mixture include Beau Monde spice (celery flavor), onion powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, etc.
Get creative. After all, it’s your very own bad bad good choice.