Homemade Croutons – Louie’s Recipe

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8/3/2021

The hardest part is watching them toast!

My 10 year old loves croutons and eats them like popcorn. Who am I kidding, everyone in our house does. Homemade ones can be lots of fun, and a way to use up bread that may not otherwise get eaten, and it’s a quick and an inexpensive treat! So when we had a part of a French baguette left from the weekend, I asked if he wanted to make some croutons. Spoiler alert–they were so GOOD! Here’s the super simple recipe we used.

Louie’s Garlic Parmesan Croutons

Ingredients:

  • French baguette chopped up (3/4 to full loaf, or substitute with any other bread that can toast well)
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • grated parmesan cheese 1/3 cup
  • garlic powder 1/2 to 1 1/4 teaspoon (depending on your preferences)

Start by cutting baguette into chunks. We found it easiest to cut it in half lengthwise, then cut those in half again, then cut into chunks. Next, place the olive oil into a gallon ziplock bag or large storage container. Then add in your parmesan and garlic and mix well into the olive oil. Add bread cubes and shake until evenly coated. (According to Louie, it’s best to taste test here to see if you need to shake or add more seasoning).

Spread out evenly on a baking sheet. We used a toaster oven today, but have done this in our conventional oven before, too. If you use the toaster oven, first, broil for 3-5 minutes to dry out a bit, then toast light to medium, flip and toast again. If you use a conventional oven, broil for 5-7 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.

Allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container or a large baggy, keeping as much air out as possible. They will keep for up to 2 weeks this way, although they won’t last that long in our house! They can be eaten as a snack alone, or added to salads or pasta dishes.

Enjoy!

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Experimenting in the Kitchen: Cookie Dough Flautas

April 19, 2021

My oldest son and his girlfriend are coming over tomorrow night for Taco Tuesday dinner, a family favorite.  But I wanted to do something a bit more special since we don’t get to have dinner together as often now that he doesn’t live at home.  I remembered Tijuana Flats cookie dough flautas and thought it sounded good, but when I searched the internet, I couldn’t find anything.

I did some research on ingredients, and methods and settled on trying the air fryer. We found quick ingredients prepackaged so it only took about 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook, so these can be prepped and made quickly for any occasion. It was a hit with my boys, although we figured out a few things to do differently. So here’s a breakdown of the how to make them, for calorie info, just check the packages of your ingredients you choose.

*****EASY COOKIE DOUGH FLAUTAS*****

Ingredients:

10-12 Fajita tortillas

1 package of cookie dough of your choice

Follow the package instructions for the cookies.  Helpful tip: many recipes call for the butter to be softened but not melted, so check for that so you can set it out in advance.

Spoon a tablespoon amount onto a tortilla and spread as thin as possible. Then roll the tortilla tightly.

This was a first roll and with way too much cookie dough, so spread thinner and roll it tightly.

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees. We didn’t use any oil for this recipe.

Set the tortillas into the air fryer basket. Cook for 3-5 minutes.  Let cool for a minute or so.

Garnish with powdered sugar, drizzle with chocolate sauce, or, like us, do both!

We have a strong sweet tooth in this family and it was sweet to us, so I recommend cutting in half before serving (use a very sharp knife so you don’t squish them).

Enjoy!