Saturday, July 24, 2010

Crusts to Croutons (and Other Kitchen Creations)

Our family is not fond of the ends of bread, which we call "crusts" -- but I hate to throw them out. So I stuff them in the freezer and when I've got a good collection of them, I cube them and throw them in the frying pan with some olive oil, garlic,  and whatever herbs I find in my spice drawer (basil, oregano, parsley, thyme . . .)

(OK -- it looks like mold in the photo -- but it's actually lots of lovely dried herbs!)

After heating them in the pan, coating them with the oil and spices, I dry them under the broiler for a few minutes, and the result is these delightful croutons:

Or these chunkier ones with ancient grains bread:

They're awesome in soups, salads, and even as a snack by themselves!

After the croutons are stored away, we're left with these seasoned bread crumbs:

I have yet to find a good purpose for these. Any suggestions? Perhaps a coating for fish or chicken?

Are there any food "scraps" that you've found a way to use creatively? Tell me about it in a comment below!

While I'm here, I thought I'd show you the other ways we've been creative in the kitchen today. Here are the squares DD12 whipped up after dinner tonight:
(Yes, you can see where we've already dug into them! SOOOO yummy!)
And the french loaves DS3 and I made for garlic bread to accompany some meals we're making to bless a couple of other families:

Has there been any impromptu creativity in your kitchen lately?


  1. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I came over to say hi. Love the crouton recipe - I think I will try it this week because I have Caesar salad planned for Thursday night. Great to meet you!


  2. I have thought about doing that, but have not done it yet! Your recipe looks great too! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Looking forward to getting to know you!

  3. Yum! So much better than buying croutons. Thanks for the tip! Lisa~

  4. Oh, this looks yummy! Thanks for stopping by my blog. And yes, looks like we're of the same mind. Blessings - B.

  5. I am very hungry after reading your post. ;) Thanks so much for the visit today!

  6. All of that looks delicious. Would you mind sharing how you make your french bread?

  7. Thanks for visiting, B, Amanda, and Jennifer:)

    Jennifer -- I just used the dough recipe in my breadmaker's manual. It's the first time I've made the french loaves -- but the bread was yummy! I've never made bread without a machine that mixes the dough, so I don't know if the recipe works if you do it by hand. Do you have a machine? I can give you the actual recipe if you want to try it -- just let me know.

  8. I'm just visiting as a fellow Download n Go reviewer! I see you are also a part of the TOS Crew...I am also. Have a great day!


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