Friday, October 9, 2009

Asiago Croutons!

My favorite croutons are from Panera. They are crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside, which I love. When its all crispy, it's hard to pickup and not all that enjoyable to eat. These are so easy to make at home that you dont have to buy store croutons ever again! They really make a nice touch to a caesar salad, which I made last night with lite dressing, some copped romaine and onions. They are easily my favorite part of a salad, and would also be good on some homemade tomato soup.....mmmmm now my mind is turning!

Asiago Croutons
1/2 Loaf Sourdough Bread
3-4 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 C Asiago Cheese, grated
1.5 tsp Garlic Powder (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Slice bread, making sure each is at least 1 inch thick. Cut crosswise into cubes that also measure about 1 inch. You want them to be large enough to keep chewy in the middle.
Put Olive oil in a bowl and mix in garlic powder. Toss bread cubes and place on baking pan once coated. (Be careful not to let just a few soak up all of the oil)
Top each piece with a little of the cheese. Place in oven for 8-10 minutes. Serve warm on salad/soup.

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