Spicy Old Bay Croutons

by Heather on April 27, 2011

As I’m typing this it’s almost 6 o’clock in the morning.  And yes, I am craving Old Bay.

You see, there comes a time in every person’s life when they have to decide if they’re man or mouse.  Do you want the Old Bay or do you not want the Old Bay?  If you say no to the Old Bay, we’re friends…but I will have to shun you.

Un-shun.  One day I’m confident you’ll realize the error of your ways and fall in love with Old Bay like I did.  Just know that I believe in you.  Re-shun.

Mustard, paprika, celery seed, bay leaf, black pepper, red pepper, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, salt, mace, ginger.  Those aren’t all just fun spice names…no no no, those are a list of some of the ingredients in Old Bay.  And with that I ask you how could you NOT be delighted in throwing it in with large quantities of bread, butter, and garlic?

That’s what I thought.  So here we go:

SPICY OLD BAY CROUTONS

  • 10 slices day-old bread or equivalent (I actually used 10 mini bagels and LOVED the texture)
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter (olive oil works well too)
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 300.  Slice the bread into crouton-sized pieces (what constitutes crouton size?  probably about 3/4 of an inch or so).  Place bread in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl whisk together the butter, garlic powder, Old Bay, and salt.  Pour evenly over the bread (you might need to use a spatula).  Using your hands toss the bread in the spice mixture until evenly coated.  Dump onto a lined or greased baking sheet and bake at 300 for 15 minutes, flip, and then for another 10-15 minutes until the bread pieces are turning a slight golden brown.  Let cool completely before storing in an air-tight plastic bag or container.

We enjoyed these on salads or just straight out of the bag for a solid week.

And yes, Old Bay-spiked croutons first thing in the morning are a treat.  Which reminds me, I need to go make breakfast ;)

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