Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Homemade Parmesan Croutons


Well, you will all be pleased to know (......well a few of you maybe......) that I'm back, up and running, and at work again.......the rest of the household are still a bit under the weather but are on the mend...........so that's all good......

One thing I made a lot of last week was homemade soup - there is nothing more comforting that a steaming bowl of soup and with the weather all misty, cold and wet - and people feeling ill it seemed the perfect thing to make for lunch - and one of the best things to pop on the top are a few homemade croutons.

I know you can buy bags of them ready made but honestly they are so easy to do - and you can add flavours to suit your menu and mood there really is no reason not to.......

So last week I made a big batch of Parmesan and olive oil croutons. I don't really have a recipe more a method ........... so here's what I did..........

First pre-heat your oven to 180C / Gas 4


Now grab the bread your going to use to make the croutons.

I used ciabatta, I love the irregular shapes you get when you cut it into cubes, I think it make them look more interesting and homemade! - you can use any bread you like just cut it into large cubes - max about 2cm in size. And it's best to use bread that's at least a day old......


Place the cubes into a bowl and then add some olive oil - you don't want to drench the bread but you do want it all get a good covering. Next grate on about a tablespoon of Parmesan - add more if you wish - and then season with a little salt. Toss it all together so everything has an even coating.


Spread the bread out into a single layer on the baking sheet and pop in the oven for about 10 minutes until the bread has dried out and has become a golden colour.


You can use them whilst they are hot or you can allow to cool and store in an air-tight container. They will keep fresh for a few weeks.


So now you have your croutons ..... you can top a soup with them........


Or add them to a salad.......

You can also add different flavours to the mix - I like to add chilli flakes, crushed garlic, smokey paprika or mixed dried Italian herbs ...... all are really good flavours and really the list is endless....

Have a great Wednesday
Love Lizx

 croutons