I just found the perfect solution for crusty, dry baguettes. I give you The Crouton.
We’ve all done it: bought some fresh-from-the-bakery bread with visions of perfect crostini appetizers and the like, ripping off pieces of the chewy goodness on the walk home (if you’re me) and setting the rest onto the kitchen counter only to forget about your culinary aspirations for it. Suddenly your doughy, fresh baguette has become a dry, crackly mess, something more conducive to use as a sword than an accompaniment to any meals you’ve had planned.
Croutons are a fun and simple way to utilize that French bread that you bought a couple of days ago and could just not finish in time. The recipe is also fairly easy, so stop hitting your loved ones with dry baguettes and make this instead!
- Dry, hardened baguette
- Olive oil
- Seasonings (Dried Basil, Dried Oregano…any seasoning you choose. I used Mrs. Dash and a sprinkle of Cayenne for some kick!)
1. Carefully cut your baguette into large cubes. Cut it to whatever size of crouton you would like. And please be careful! Cutting dry baguette can be very dangerous and I would like you to keep all of your fingers. Put the cubes of baguette into a large freezer bag.
2. Drizzle olive oil into freezer bag and sprinkle seasonings to your heart’s delight. This part is strictly eye-balling it. I added a decent amount of olive oil so that the seasoning would have something to stick to and I just think olive oil tastes delicious!
3. Here’s the fun part: shake your freezer bag to evenly distribute ingredients.
4. Spread your covered baguette cubes evenly onto a baking pan. Put the cubes into a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Remove your croutons from the oven and enjoy! Sprinkle them over your salad, into your soup, or eat them as they are!