Try these higher fiber croutons on your next Caesar salad, or as a topping for soup. Homemade garlic oil and ghee are the secret to making these croutons.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 loaf SARA LEE® Soft & Smooth™ Whole Grain White Bread, cubed
- 1/4 cup ghee
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine garlic and oil in a small saucepan. Simmer until cloves are a light gold color, about 15 minutes. Pour oil through a fine sieve, squeeze all juice from cloves, and then discard the solids. Add ghee, and stir until melted. Set garlic oil aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly oil a baking sheet.
Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Drizzle cooled garlic oil over bread, gently tossing to coat. Only add enough oil to coat the bread cubes. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake, turning bread cubes periodically, until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Turn out into basket lined with paper towels, and drain.
The original recipe, Caesar Salad Croutons, was submitted by Ronald Stirling, and contains 398 calories, 36.5 g fat, 44 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 15.3 g carbohydrates, .9 g fiber, and 2.7 g protein.