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ShaSha Bread Croutons

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 half loaf of organic bread (any kind except Spelt Raisin)
  • 4 – 6 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 – 2 tbs crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp spices (basil, parsley, rosemary, oregano etc.)
  • salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat Oven to 425 F

  1. Slice the bread into even shaped cubes. (An easy way to do this is to turn the half-loaf on its side, and make 3 vertical cuts, and then 3 horizontal cuts.)
  2. Place the bread cubes into a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients. Toss the mixture gently, but thoroughly with salad tongs.
  3. Spread the bread cubes evenly spaced across a non-stick baking pan, or a baking pan lined with tin foil. Bake the croutons for 10 minutes, or until the croutons have darkened slightly.
  4. Remove from oven, and allow them to cool on the countertop. Seal them in an air-tight container or bag.

*To make a lower fat version, omit the olive oil, and rub the bread cubes with the crushed garlic.