Waste Not!

Isn’t it such a pain when you open a bag of bread and it’s moldy?  I hate wasting food so this is especially irritating to me.  Well fear not!  Here is a fantastic way to get a few more days out of your loaf: make CROUTONS!  Homemade croutons are the best.  You can season them any way you like and make them just as crispy or soft as you desire.  First, cut the bread into cubes.  Any size works, I like to make them on the bigger side so they soak up a ton of flavor.  I used leftover Ciabatta bread, which is on the firmer side, so it is easier to make bigger cubes that stay intact.  I also tried to scrape off the little mold spots because personally, blue fuzz on my food grosses me out.  Once you have cubed your bread, let it dry up in the open air for a few hours so the pieces are not so moist.  Next, toss the cubes with olive oil, just enough to cover the outside of the cubes.  If you completely saturate the cubes with oil they will not crisp properly.  Then, add your favorite seasonings.  I used a little garlic salt, pepper, and a touch of oregano.  Toss the mixture like a salad!  Finally, spread out the seasoned bread cubes on a foil covered baking pan and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Halfway through, stir up the croutons with a spoon.  And done!  Watch out, these croutons are so delicious you may find yourself snacking on them instead of putting them in your salad.

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