Monday, September 24, 2012

[Gluten-Free] Homemade Italian Croutons

I love homemade food. It just tastes better. You always hear phrases like "Good home cooking" or "Made from scratch." Those phrases make us feel good. On the other hand, no one ever says, "Well, it's a good recipe that we made on sterilized equipment."

Mmmmm.... that sounds tasty.

The truth is, in our crazy world full of never ending commitments and deadlines, homemade food for every meal is hard to do. But I've got a great recipe for you that helps bring a little more "homemade goodness" into your home. Homemade Italian Croutons!

It's a fact. Homemade food just tastes better. I think it's because there's a little extra love put into the dish. And, for me, that's what life and food is all about.

[Gluten-Free] Homemade Italian Croutons
These really bring life to a simple salad or soup like my Butternut Squash Soup. I have to say, these crunchy little things are slightly addicting. The hardest part about this recipe is making sure all the croutons get from the oven to the table before you eat them all! 

Makes 2-3 cups croutons
1 gluten-free baguette*, cut into  
       ½ inch-1 inch cubes 
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place bread cubes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper onto the bread cubes and mix together. Bake 10-12 minutes or until toasted. Serve on top your favorite salad or soup. Croutons will keep for 1-2 days in an airtight container.

*My favorite baguettes are from Against the Grain Gourmet and Udi’s brands. Both can be found in the freezer section of your local health food or grocery store. Make sure to thaw out the bread completely before baking.

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