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Homemade Spicy Croutons

Lisa Eberly

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

Ingredients:
Fresh loaf of your favorite bread. French, sourdough, TJ's rosemary, you name it. 
Salt & pepper
Red pepper flakes
Olive oil
Minced garlic (optional) 

Directions:
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