CHEW THIS! Homemade Croutons

The following “Chew This!” column originally appeared in “The Courier-Times” and / or “The Shelbyville News”. Check their websites for further information and dates.

Homemade Croutons

Blaise Doubman

I was always taught that a salad is not a salad without the proper toppings. Shredded cheese, bacon and croutons make up a majority of this list. However, somewhere during the time of me writing my first two cookbooks, I heard from people all around the United States who refused to use croutons! Or, even more shocking, had never even tried them before. Why? Who knows. What I did find out is that people are funny about their croutons. Some people like them harder than others, some people like them softer and more air like. Some people prefer them to be spicy and others want them seasoned with only the most minimal of seasonings. What I really found surprising is the number of people who preferred cornbread croutons!

The recipe I am sharing here today may be shocking, partly because of the 3 ingredients but mainly I will guess because of the hot dog bun element, but it is really the only recipe you need to combine the best of all words when it comes to croutons. These are light and airy and yet hard and packed with flavor. They are delicate but yet carry a punch to the salad bowl. Try them and tell me these are not your most favorite salad element that you have ever had!

Homemade Croutons

4 hotdog buns

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon McCormick’s Nature’s Seasoning

Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut the hot dog buns into small crouton sized pieces and place them into a bowl. Add in the olive oil and seasoning blend. Mix together so everything is well coated evenly.

Pour out into prepared baking sheet and spread evenly.

Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until desired crispness.

Remove and allow to cool completely before using.

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