These Baked Pumpernickel Croutons, containing only 4 ingredients, are a perfect addition to any salad while also being a simple way to reduce food waste!
This post is inspired by a great friend and fellow food blogger, Rachel from Rachel Cooks. Around Easter she posted a recipe for these Homemade Croutons and at the time I had about half a loaf of fresh Pumpernickel bread leftover from Easter. Normally I only use Pumpernickel bread to make reubens but since I wasn’t getting to the store soon to purchase reuben ingredients I thought this was the perfect chance to make croutons for the first time.
But let me premise this by saying when I started blogging, I never thought I’d be making HOMEMADE croutons…it just seems like a silly thing to make. However, my mindset has changed a bit over the past year and a half. Not only can I control the amount of sodium in the croutons versus store-bought croutons, but I can also waste less food by using bread for multi-purposes! And if you’ve never used silicone baking mats before – give them a try! I use them 100% of the time when baking cookies in addition to other recipes like these croutons (you’ll never go back to using just a cookie sheet!). I also use my Misto Sprayer practically daily. It’s a simple way to add olive oil to vegetables without using too much.
I also have been dreaming of Ruby Tuesday’s awesome croutons but since I was going to bake my croutons and I’m assuming they fry their croutons (with how good they taste how could they not be fried!?). Well, I’m pleasantly pleased to say my croutons turned out great! You can always adjust the seasoning to your personal liking. I typically air on the side of caution when it comes to salt.
You may be confused between salt and sodium. Salt (often called table salt) is actually sodium chloride and contains 40 percent sodium and 60 chloride. Sodium, the part to keep an eye on is found in practically any kind of food unless it’s fresh produce. It’s always a good idea to watch your sodium intake regardless of whether you have high blood pressure. One way I try to keep our sodium levels in check is to use salt sense (like Diamond Crystal Salt Sense) in place of regular table salt. Salt Sense takes like real salt but contains about 1/3 less of the sodium compared to regular table salt. Try it out you’ll never know the difference!
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