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No problem! Some quick background on the concept: I love to cook and realized that I often had to adjust my meal plan to accomodate for for my friends and family with dietary requirements when they joined me for a meal.  More often than not, I didn’t know how to modify my recipe to address their dietary needs which launched me into some deep research and left me with a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt that I was preparing the recipe the right way for my guest.  A concept that I now call Meal Planning FUD [fear, uncertainty and doubt]. To combat Meal Planning FUD each of my recipes has eight variations which covers everything from vegetarian to Kosher to gluten-free so that you can cut the Meal Planning FUD out of your life and feel comfortable serving the recipe to a variety of guests. Check out the SooN Cooking About page for the complete details.

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SooN COOKING Kosher

Make sure to use Kosher certified products when serving these croutons to someone who keeps Kosher. The SooN COOKING Original recipe is Dairy — to make this recipe Parve, omit the cheese!

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SooN COOKING Halal

Make sure to use Halal certified products when serving when serving these croutons to someone who keeps Halal. From there, the SooN COOKING Original or recipe will work.

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SooN COOKING Celiac

Typically bread contains gluten so instead of trying to make gluten-free croutons I would opt for an alternative like parmesan cheese crisps or snap pea crisps.

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SooN COOKING for One

These croutons store well so simply follow the directions in the SooN COOKING Original recipe and plan to add anything you don’t use immediately your reserves.

SooN COOKING for Kids

Funny story — my kids love croutons so much that we actually have to hide where we store them. If it were up to them — they would eat croutons and ice cream for every meal.

If you have some little helpers [like I always do], this is the perfect recipe for them to “help” make!  Try omitting the knife altogether and let your little chefs rip the bread into bite size pieces instead. I personally find this to be a great interactive distraction that allows me enough time to get other things done like unloading the dishwasher or folding the laundry!

 

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#1: prep ingredients

microplane the cheese

gather your bread

cube your bread

#2: mix ingredients together

bag or bowl the bread

+ olive oil & mix

+ garlic powder & mix

+ remaining ingredients

#3: cook | #4: serve or reserve

cook

serve

or reserve

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Ingredients

  • ~4-6 cups of cubed old bread
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 20 turns salt (~1/2 tsp)
  • 10 turns pepper (~1/4 tsp)

New to SooN Cooking?

No problem! Some quick background on the concept: I love to cook and realized that I often had to adjust my meal plan to accomodate for for my friends and family with dietary requirements when they joined me for a meal.  More often than not, I didn’t know how to modify my recipe to address their dietary needs which launched me into some deep research and left me with a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt that I was preparing the recipe the right way for my guest.  A concept that I now call Meal Planning FUD [fear, uncertainty and doubt]. To combat Meal Planning FUD each of my recipes has eight variations which covers everything from vegetarian to Kosher to gluten-free so that you can cut the Meal Planning FUD out of your life and feel comfortable serving the recipe to a variety of guests. Check out the SooN Cooking About page for the complete details.

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SooN COOKING Original

#1: prep ingredients

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Microplane the cheese
  • Cube the bread

#2: mix ingredients together

  • Place the bread in either the bowl or Ziploc
  • Evenly distribute olive oil and mix with either your hands or shake in the Ziploc to coat bread
  • Add the garlic powder, cheese, salt and pepper and mix again
  • Transfer to the sheet pan

#3: cook

  • Cook for 15 minutes
  • Shake pan or turn bread with the spatula to expose more sides to the heat
  • Cook for 10 minutes
  • Finish by broiling on low for 30 – 60 seconds

#4: decision time: Serve or Reserve?

  • Serve immediately as a garnish for soup or with salad of choice
  • Store remaining croutons in an airtight container

 

SooN COOKING Express

The SooN COOKING Original recipe is as fast as I can make it! This recipe will yield enough croutons for 4-6 family size salads which makes it perfect for the Serve or Reserve method.

 

SooN COOKING Vegetarian

The SooN COOKING Original recipe is Vegetarian as is.

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Dear SooN Cooks of the Internet,

I have a secret to share: homemade croutons. The secret is that it’s really just a simple way to put old bread to good use. It is also part of the “no waste” campaign that I am trying to champion in my house.

The best part?

Homemade croutons are both delicious and a very simple way to impress your guests while also utilizing old and otherwise inedible bread. [Plus I get a kick out of my MAGA pun, MOBGA.]

To Making Old Bread Great Again!

 

Happy SooN COOKING,

 

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  1. denise

    so easy and tasty

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