Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Homemade Croutons

Croutons are a homemade treat in our family. They are a delicious complement to soups, salads and so many other dishes. And did I mention they are so easy to make? This would be a good recipe for the kids to help with.


Cooking is a great way to bring the family together. Whether it involves bringing the kids together to cook one of Grandma's favorite recipes that has been passed down through the generations or experimenting in the kitchen to create something new, a lot of memories can be made around the kitchen counter.

For us, farming and Granny's delicious cooking always brought the family together. With many farms, it's all hands on deck during the busy seasons. Everyone helps out. Working on a farm builds great character and values and allows multiple generations to work side by side. Since my parents had busy jobs, my brother and I were lucky to spend a lot of time helping Grandpa feed cows, riding along on the tractor and picking berries for Granny. These are some of the best memories. Farming and food brings us together. Grandpa taught us how to work hard and keep working when the going gets tough. You don't give up. For more about what he taught us, click here.

Our farm has changed a lot since Grandpa started helping his dad in the 1920s. Technology, improved efficiencies and genetics are just some of the things that have helped us do more with less and continue to be better stewards of the environment and cattle we work with.
Did you know that most farms in the United States are owned and operated by families? They are families and farms of all shapes and sizes. Some employ others and some just have family members. Regardless of what crops they grow or livestock they raise, the values that are necessary to withstand the ups and downs of the farm markets and that ensure the farm will live on for future generations are shared by all.

Mom made croutons like this all the time and I finally decided to make them myself one night when I needed them for a recipe and didn't want to go to the grocery store.


Homemade Croutons

What you'll need...

  • Sourdough or Italian bread (you can use any kind of bread you like)
  • Italian herb mix
  • Olive oil
Kitchen Equipment
  • Baking tray(s) to fit the amount of croutons you are making
  • Foil to cover the baking tray(s)
  • Non-stick cooking spray

How to make it...

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Cut bread slices into cubes that are the same size as the croutons you want (There is no specified number of slices since you can make as much as you want)
  3. Place bread cubes on baking tray
  4. Drizzle with olive oil
  5. Add Italian herbs to the top of the bread cubes
  6. Use a spatula to mix up the olive oil and herbs
  7. Add more herbs if needed
  8. Cook for 10-20 minutes, checking on them periodically (Remove from oven when they are the texture you prefer)

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