The Shady Porch: Homemade Croutons with Garlic Infused Olive Oil

7.11.2011

Homemade Croutons with Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Do you still have buns leftover from the holiday weekend? We did. In my never-ending quest to waste not, I decided to make homemade croutons using the leftover hot dog buns. It really is easy and homemade croutons add so much more to your salad than any store bought brand. I do buy croutons from time to time, but, as usual, nothing beats homemade!
Homemade Croutons #recipe #oliveoil #garlic #saladtopping
Croutons add great flavor to any salad.



I took 5 hot dog buns and cubed them (some were smooshed so they were flat cubes but you get the idea...I hope). I will say if the buns are stale/dry, great...less bake time, but if they are still soft, they will take longer to get a little crunchy.

Garlic Infused Olive Oil
In a skillet, heat 1/3 cup of olive oil. Add 1T. minced garlic (or 3 whole cloves diced) to the oil and turn the heat to low. Allow to cook 3-5 minutes. Stir often so the garlic doesn't burn.
NOTE - This is the proper way to infuse olive oil with garlic. Simply putting fresh garlic in a bottle of olive oil is dangerous. Since garlic is a root vegetable, you run the risk of botulism poisoning due to bacteria on the garlic. Cooking the garlic 3-5 minutes takes care of any risks.
Minced Garlic in Olive Oil
minced garlic in olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread bread cubes over cookie sheet. Drizzle the garlic oil over the bread cubes. All of the oil was used to cover my cubes. Use your judgement as to how much of the oil you need to use. Don't drench the bread.

Bake for 5 minutes and turn them. Bake for another 5 minutes. After that time I turned the oven off and left them sit for another 5 minutes because our bread was soft to begin with and we like crunchy croutons.