These croutons will get even salad's toughest critics to give it a shot.
Everyone always flips out about my homemade croutons -- they are the highlight of home-cooked dinner parties.
I'm a big fan of croutons in salad. They provide balance. Sometimes, a salad with just veggies and lettuce needs a little gluten-y crunch! And, in moderation, there's nothing wrong with enjoying fresh bread.
Best part about them is that they are almost too easy to make for how delicious they are!
Homemade Spicy Croutons
Fresh loaf of your favorite bread. French, sourdough, TJ's rosemary, you name it.
Salt & pepper
Red pepper flakes
Minced garlic (optional)
1. Slice loaf of bread into medium-sized squares and toss squares into a big bowl.
2. Coat squares with olive oil -- enough to cover them but not drown them. Toss.
3. Add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and maybe garlic, and toss. I don't put amounts here because everyone is different and this recipe is very variable. Some people like a lot of spice, others don't. My rule of thumb: always make them a little too salty and spicy, as they are going to tone down a lot when you add in the rest of your salad ingredients.
4. Lay on a toaster sheet (if making them in a toaster oven) or cookie sheet (if making them in the oven). Preheat oven to 450F (if using oven). Either toast for around 3-4 minutes or bake in oven for around 8-10 minutes. Check to see when golden brown on edges.
Photos by Tania Arceo