Homemade Croutons

I know what you're thinking...this isn't a food blog.
And, you're right. I rarely blog about food...unless it's something that I'm completely obsessed with.

Meet the most mouthwatering...sinfully delicious...yet surprisingly healthy- croutons. 

Surely, this has happened to you?
The infamous leftover hotdog buns.
Mine, of course, always end up in the freezer...where they sit...and sit...and sit...never to be used because usually I forget they're there and end up buying a new pack at the store...which in turn produces yet another bag of leftover buns. yay.

Solution: Homemade Croutons.

5-6 leftover hotdog buns, cubed (It's helpful if the bread has been frozen and thawed a bit- allowing the bread to be a bit firmer for cutting.) 
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 c olive oil
10+ basil leaves, chopped

1. Finely chop 2 garlic cloves and mix with 1/4 cup olive oil.
2. Microwave the mixture for about 15 seconds. (This really opens up the garlic flavor!)

3. Chop up about 10 basil leaves.

4. Stir oil mixture and basil together.
5. Add about 1 tsp salt and a few dashes of pepper.

6. Mix together cubed bread and basil mixture.
7. Lay flat on a greased cookie sheet and cook at 325 for 25 minutes.

This is what they might look like...that is, if you haven't eaten them all before supper.

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  1. this is awesome! i started making homemade croutons when i started making homemade bread and had leftovers. they are DELICIOUS -- we'll never buy croutons again (or throw out bread!)
    one of my favorite things is how different types of bread taste different as croutons (which may seem obvious to some...) we always mix breads when we make a batch. and then we stand at the counter and eat the whole batch :)

  2. Yum! That looks so good! And genius idea to use old hot dog buns! I have some in my fridge right now...

  3. Looks and Sounds Delish ... I have been wanting to do something like this for sometime and now I will.
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  4. Yum! thank you so much for this!

  5. Love this...somehow stumbled across your blog through various other blog links...love all of the ideas that you have!!

  6. Holy cow, this looks delish! And I'm the queen of leftover hot dog buns, btw. Just ask my kids. My soon-to-be-eating-crouton kids. :)
    xo Heidi


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