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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Croutons

Any time I eat at Outback Steakhouse I am in awe of their Caesar salad. It's so... zesty! I think it's partly the blend of peppers they use, and partly their amazing croutons. Well, I'm happy to report that after searching online for seasonings used at Outback, last week I was able to re-create croutons remarkably similar to those at Outback. They turned out really well!

Ingredients:
1 loaf of Italian bread
1 stick of butter
4-5 teaspoons of McCormick Cajun Seasoning
3-4 tablespoons of crushed garlic

Directions:
Preheat oven to 275 F. Slice bread into crouton-sized pieces. Put bread on cookie sheet(s) and toast in oven until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. While the bread is cooling, melt butter in microwave until it's just slightly melted, but not runny. Add seasoning and garlic to butter. When croutons are completely cool, mix croutons and butter mixture in large bowl. Coat each crouton using your hands, making sure the seasoning mixture sticks to each crouton. Put croutons back on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Gently shake the pan or use a spatula to stir the croutons in the middle of baking.

3 comments:

  1. Yummy. Now you just gotta figure out the pepper mix and dressing! It's so yummy there! :)

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  2. Sarah, I'm in awe of your domestic diva-ness. It would never have crossed my mind to make my own croutons...

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  3. I've been wondering what to do with my Cajun seasoning... I'm definitely going to try this. Do you have Ted's Montana Grill in Boston? When I got there with certain friends, we request an extra bowl of croutons.

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