This year Santa zazzled us by tempting an entirely different taste bud – the savory one.
Here is Santa’s secret:
1. Buy cheap, day old bread from the bakery and keep it from being thrown out with the trash
2. Use dried or fresh herbs from your garden (or borrow some of that beautiful rosemary from your neighbor’s front yard)
3. Melt olive oil and/or butter (it’s best with a lot of olive oil and a little butter) and throw the herbs in. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes
4. Cut the bread into cubes and pour the oil/butter/herb mixture over the top and stir
5. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and place in 250 degree oven for up to one hour – but watch very closely! Check on it every 15 minutes until crunchy and golden brown
6. Remove from oven, let cool, and place the croutons in those used cookie tins that have been piling up in your cupboard for years
7. Share with family and friend (don’t forget to give them to the neighbor you borrowed the rosemary from)
Some of the best herbs and spices to add to the mix include: rosemary, thyme, sage, coriander, basil, cumin, celery salt, garlic powder (or chopped garlic), onion powder, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. You can even add a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top of the bread cubes. Or try some zest with chili powder, cayenne, curry, or turmeric.
It takes creativity to be sustainable and reduce waste.