And If You Wanted To Dip Them In Homemade Ranch Dressing, I Would Totally Support That Decision

Moriah emailed me to ask if I’d post the recipe for my homemade croutons (as seen in my random picture post a couple of days ago).

And so, to answer her: why yes, Moriah – I’d be delighted.

As a brief aside (oh, who am I kidding? I have never been acquainted with “brief” in my life, just as I have never been acquainted with “dainty”), I started making these croutons when I was doing a white flour / white sugar detox back in the spring. The homemade croutons have gotten me through some difficult, must-eat-something-crunchy-right-this-second moments. And I like to make them in smaller batches because I think they’re better fresh.

Come to think of it, I don’t really care for any food when it’s NOT fresh. Because as a general rule I tend to avoid, you know, OLD FOOD. On pure principle, really.

Anyway. The croutons.

8 slices stone ground whole wheat bread
1/2 stick melted butter
garlic powder
dried basil
dried oregano
dried dill weed
paprika
lite salt (just because that’s what we use at our house)
freshly ground black pepper
shredded Parmesan cheese

Cube bread slices and place in a large mixing bowl. Pour melted butter over bread and toss with your hands. If you think it looks like you need more butter, add it.

I will never, ever discourage you from additional butter usage.

I have no idea how much of each seasoning I use – we call it the “shaky shake” method around here because I typically let Alex shake the bottles until I say “WHOA.” But my best guess is that it’s about a teaspoon of all the seasonings and then 1/4 cup of the Parmesan.

Once you’ve added all the ingredients, toss the croutons again with your hands, and put them on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 450 for about 10 minutes or until the croutons are crispy.

Taste the end result and then say, “OH, HOLLA!”

Or not. It’s completely up to you.

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Comments

  1. Mm, sounds very yummy!

  2. I say ‘Oh Holla!’ just at the THOUGHT of these. Yum yum yum! Then I can pretend I’m on a detox too.

    Got any recipes for “detox” chocolate?

  3. I’ve tried “detoxing” from chocolate before, it didn’t last but a few hours. I’ve decided to embrace my inner chocoholic, and be happy with her. She loves me for who I am. Thanks for the recipe BooMama, it sounds lovely. My hubby is a crouton fanatic, so tonight when I make these, he’ll be the one sayin’ “Oh Holla!” well, after I tell him too, since BooMama said so!

  4. I have never heard of lite salt…is that kind of like Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Hee hee–this is from the “Can we add more salt to the tortilla chips?” girl.

    Can’t wait to try your croutons! And I’ll gladly add, “OH Holla.” to the end. How exactly do I correctly pronounce it??
    Blessings, sista!
    Holly

  5. Now if I can just find a dairy-free Ranch recipe, I’ll be set. Darn dairy-allergic offspring…. I can work around omitting Parmesan, but Ranch is irreplaceable!

  6. yum yum yummy!!

  7. Now why would you want to go and detox from white sugar and white flour? Isn’t that what everything heavenly is made from?

  8. I think since we live so close, you should just make them for me and then I’ll come over, LOL. :D

    I’ll have to try those some time. They sound GREAT!!!

  9. I’ll definitely try these. They sound delicious. Or on second thought I could just join you and The Pumkin Patch. They sound worthy of a very long drive but only if they come with your homemade ranch dressing as well. So, what do ya say?

  10. Sounds dee-lish! Must try…soon! (and yes, probably with ranch dressing)

  11. This sounds fantastic. I believe I will be giving these a try. :-)

  12. You had me at 1/2 stick melted butter.

    xo.

  13. oh my goodness. these sound delightful, says she whose favorite part of a salad is the crouton. i’ll just have to wait until it’s not hotter than blazes around here so i can turn on the oven. :)

  14. jesslev says:

    I’ve got another $ saving Wal Marts discovery for you, Boomama! I am an avid candle burner- I love them burning in the house- and I’m always in search of the best- I thought Circle E and Yankee were the best until I was in the Wal Marts grocery shopping and decided I needed a new candle!
    Their candle line is called “Home Trends” and I swear it is the best!! Those candles will smell up the entire house! I love the Mulled spice and Apple Pie and they just put Pumpkin out for fall- They come in 3 sizes small-$1.97, Medium with 3 wicks-$2.97 and Large-$4.97- Now that is a bargain because most good quality candles cost about $20 or more! and the best part is that they don’t really smoke or produce soot! Gotta love the Wal Marts! Let me know if you go getcha one!

  15. Mercy! Now I need a mop to wipe up the drool from the floor, the desk, and the keyboard!

  16. Those sound sooo good. I have made my own croutons before too. I like them better than the store bought things.

  17. Your post inspired me today…go and see my post today. We just finished a wonderful and yummy meal. Thanks Sister…your croutons caused me to go down a “salty” road :)
    Love ya!
    Holly

  18. Why thank you for being so obliging!

    Now I just need to think them up a different name. So when my hubby asks what I’m eating I don’t have to say – “oh… I’m just eating croutons. But minus the salad.”

  19. I’ll make some for the family. Great idea. Funny how easy it is to overlook the simple pleasures.

  20. Boy those look yummy, especially now that you have encourage me to soak those puppies in extra butter! You’d find me moisturizing with it I thought I might get a taste!

  21. You just get better and better, Boomama!

  22. Yum O, I must make these, Thanks!

  23. I really need some printer ink so I can print these fab recipes for my binder! Looks so good.

  24. Those look like a reason to eat salad every day. Anywhere I can incorporate BUTTER into a salad works for me.

  25. LOL = “Taste the end result and then say, “OH, HOLLA!”

  26. Yum-O! But, can I have the HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING RECIPE please?? :)

  27. Oh, how I love a good crouton! Can’t wait to try these babies. My daughter loves them too…in fact, she’s made a meal out of them on more than one occasion! :0)