Wednesday, April 13, 2011

We're number one!

When I was in college I worked as a waitress at UNOs in Faneuil Hall. It was one of the best jobs I ever had. It was hard work, but so much fun. I loved getting to meet people everyday and the money was no joke while I was in school. Taking home a hundred bucks a night kept me in plenty of books, CDs, and good memories of nights out with friends.

The other wonderful thing about waitressing, was the free snacks. Sure, if you wanted the Chicken Spinocoli pasta you had to cough up the cash, but hitting the salad bar on break was not heavily monitored. My favorite munchie by far was snacking on the fresh baked croutons. Hot out of the oven, these little chunks of buttery, salty bread could not be beat.

I had never made croutons myself before, but with an entire leftover loaf of Italian Bread staring me in the face this weekend, I knew my time had come. They came out salty and delicious. Great on salad, but I would say I ate more than my fair share right off the baking sheet.

Seasoned Croutons (Inspired by Savory Sweet Life)
Makes 8 servings
  • 2 cups day-old bread
  • 1 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper 

Slice bread into 1 1/2 inch cubes.

Preheat over to 300 degrees. Mix butter, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, onion flakes, and parsley flakes until garlic powder is dissolved and mixture is clump free.

Toss butter mixture with cubed bread in a medium bowl until cubes are evenly coated.

Spread coated bread cubes on a cookie sheet in a single layer.

Bake for 15 minutes and check to see if they are dry, crispy, and golden brown.  Stir the croutons around and bake for an additional 15 minutes until done.

Eat immediately or store croutons in air-tight container or ziplock bag.


  1. I would just stuff my face with these, no salad necessary!

  2. That's pretty much what happened. They were really good. 1 Bowl of croutons, 2 or 3 pieces of lettuce. Go to town!

  3. Uno's is probably my favorite chain restaurant! I've never made crouton precisely because I don't trust myself with them hahaha

  4. I worked at Uno's too! I was a sucker for pizza skins... tee hee. There was also one cook who would make me a pasta dish with red wine and mushrooms in the sauce after my shift. So good!