Fab Frugal Friday Tip

Sometimes it’s the attention to something small that takes a dish from average to extraordinary. Like making your own croutons.

Homemade croutons are fabulous – they don’t taste like cardboard! – and are a fraction of the cost of the store-bought kind. And, importantly, they are a cinch to make. Just cut some stale bread into cubes. Heat a little oil in a large skillet. Toast the bread cubes in the skillet, tossing constantly until they are lightly toasted. Then, while the croutons are still hot, toss with some spice. In this case, powdered spices are better than fresh – and cheaper! Some of my favorites are garlic powder, cumin and smoked paprika.

Try this and you’ll never go back to the boxed cardboard variety!

— posted by Donna

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  1. […] Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add sausages and brown, turning as needed, for about 7-8 minutes. Remove sausages. Add remaining olive oil and saute carrots, celery and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Stir in tomato paste. Deglaze pan with wine. Add beans, diced tomatoes, bay leaf, and broth. Slice sausages (I like to do so on the bias) and return to pan.  Add Liquid Smoke if using, herbs, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and coook for 15 minutes. Adjust seasoning and discard bay leaf. Top with croutons, ideally homemade ones. […]

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