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Basically ADDICTIVE Croutons--YUM!
       GOT SOME BREAD THAT'S TOO OLD to make a sandwich with, but too young to serve to the birds outside? Then you've got bread gold! Croutons are the best use of that stale bread. Of course you can use any bread, but in my quest to use up what I have, I enjoy being able to make something delicious out of that potential bird food.
        THIS BASIC RECIPE gives you A STARTING TEMPLATE that you can change anyway you like. Since there's nothing particularly difficult or earth shattering about these, why are they so addictive? Crunchy bread, good olive oil, salt, and some herbs and spices, how could they not be? Once you start eating them, it will take ALL OF YOUR WILL POWER to stop!

LESSONS Learned:
1. Use your old,stale bread, but if you want to start with fresh bread it will take you a few more minutes in the oven to crisp them up.
2. Sprinkle the seasonings in 2 additions to get a more even coating on the bread cubes. Sprinkle half, toss and then sprinkle the rest tossing again.
3. Towards the end of the bake time, check often so they don't burn.

Basically ADDICTIVE Croutons

8 slices of any bread you like, sliced in 3/4" to 1" cubes, about 8 cups
1/4 - 1/3 cup good fruity olive oil
1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder and kosher salt
optional: other herbs and spices: rosemary, thyme, cumin, cayenne, ancho chili powder

Make the croutons:
       Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a large sheet pan with parchment. You don't have to, but it makes for easier clean-up.
       In a large bowl, add the bread cubes and evenly drizzle the oil over them. For even distribution. sprinkle half (1/4 teaspoon) of each of the powders and salt ( and any other flavorings you choose) over the bread and toss well. Sprinkle the rest over the bread and toss well again.
       Spread the bread cubes on the sheet pan in one layer and bake for 10 minutes. Toss the cubes on the pan, and bake for about another 10 minutes until they are browned and crisp.
       Store in an airtight container. I use a big canning jar.

Makes about 8 cups. They'll last a long time.... So make alot!

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