Waste not, want not. You know that’s my motto.
Every once in awhile I overbuy on the bread and I choose the wrong kind. You know the wrong kind. Kind of dry. Sits in the pantry a little too long because nobody likes it. You encourage the production of sandwiches, but no one’s biting.
Make croutons. Easy as punch and you don’t need a recipe. Here’s how. Trim the crusts off the bread (that’s a good Southern thing, I know) and cube it into nice square pieces. Pile them in the middle of a sheet pan covered with aluminum foil. Drizzle a goodly amount of extra virgin olive oil over the top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Mix together with your hands, for goodness sake. You can’t worry about being messy here. It works better that way. Spread them back out into a single layer and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until they’re nicely browned.
If you do this, I promise you will never buy those grocery store, rock hard, hurt-your-gums croutons again. Promise.