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Thu, Mar 24 2011 post by Rebecca

Featured Recipe: Crusty Croutons

Fresh, homemade croutons are amazing! Try this quick and easy recipe by Rhodes blogger Rebecca. Click here to read the full article...

All right, let’s strap on the aprons, this is a delicious recipe for you. This week's recipe is Crusty Croutons made with Crusty Warm-n-Serv rolls.  I have to admit that when I first saw this recipe my thoughts were, “why not just buy croutons?!”.  Well, I can tell you why.  Flavor, flavor, and then some more flavor.  Start to finish this takes no more than half an hour, and is so worth the extra time. 

Ingredients

  • 6 Rhodes Warm-N-Serv™ Crusty Rolls, baked following package directions
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • garlic salt

Make your own Homemade Croutons with Rhodes Warm N Serv Rolls


To start, take 1 bag of Rhodes Warm-N-Serv crusty rolls. There are six in a package. Bake them at 425 degrees for 8-12 min.

While baking, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, then add 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Set this aside.

After the crusty rolls are done cooking, cut them into about ½ inch cubes. You can make those cuts as precise as your heart desires. I do suggest letting your rolls cool a bit before cutting them (they get a bit hot on the fingers, ouch!).

Make your own Homemade Croutons with Rhodes Warm N Serv Rolls


Pour your lovely butter and olive oil mixture over your cubed rolls, then gently stir so that the bread cubes are evenly coated.

Make your own Homemade Croutons with Rhodes Warm N Serv Rolls


Now top with real shredded parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning, and stir again. I know what you’re thinking, delicioso!

Make your own Homemade Croutons with Rhodes Warm N Serv Rolls


Spread the cubes evenly onto a baking pan, then shake garlic salt evenly over your bread cubes. Bake them at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until golden and toasted.

Make your own Homemade Croutons with Rhodes Warm N Serv Rolls


These Crusty Croutons are awesome on salad, soup, and let’s face it, just simply by themselves.  I like that you get pieces of parmesan cheese toasted as well.  It adds a lovely layer of flavor to your desired dish.  You can make them ahead and allow them to cool.  Store in an air tight zippered bag for later use.

Make your own Homemade Croutons with Rhodes Warm N Serv Rolls

I also thought these would be delicious to make into a bread crumb to coat chicken, pork, or fish.  My family had Crusty Crouton coated Tilapia (yes fish).  Feeding a family of seven can sometimes be a challenge with picky eaters, but  this passed with flying colors. My kiddos loved them by themselves and ate them like potato chips!  My seven year old daughter instructed me that I need to make them all the time!

When I make a new dish for the family, I always ask myself how can I make this dish just a little healthier.  You could use Rhodes 100% whole wheat or even cracked wheat rolls.  There is a 100% whole wheat  bag of rolls in our Warm-N-Serv line.  By using whole grain bread, you can make this dish just a little more heart healthy.  I had fun making Crusty Croutons and I had lots of fun little helpers too!  I’ll hang my apron up for now until the troops demand to be fed again.

 

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Crusty Croutons

Servings: | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 20 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 15 min

Fresh homemade croutons? Heaven! Try them tossed on salads, in soup, or just for a snack.

Crusty Croutons
5.0 / 5  (3 votes, 5 reviews )

Ingredients

6 Rhodes Warm-N-Serv® Artisan French Rolls, baked following package instructions
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
garlic salt

Instructions

Cut rolls into 1/2 to 1-inch cubes. Place in a large bowl.

Combine butter and oil and drizzle over roll cubes. Toss until all cubes are evenly coated. Sprinkle with seasoning and Parmesan cheese and toss again until well coated.

Spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with garlic salt. Bake at 350°F 10-15 minutes or until nicely browned.

5 Comments

Yvonne @ TriedandTasty said on Mar 20, 2011
Yum! These look great! I just had some homemade croutons the other night at a friends' dinner party - These would be a great recipe to add to my collection!
Shelly said on Mar 18, 2011
These look amazing! I could definitely snack on them. Thanks for the recipe. :)
Sara said on Mar 18, 2011
These sound wonderful! I will definitely be trying this soon. Thank you for the recipe!
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