If you’re like me, they build up on a shelf in your fridge. That almost dried out crust from a loaf of store-bought whole wheat bread, these couple breadsticks that just aren’t as good as when you first made them, this half of a hamburger bun that no one is ever going to use… They annoy you, because you don’t want to just throw them away, but neither do you want to eat them with butter. Or peanutbutter. Or even jam.
I’ll tell you what to do.
Get out a knife and a cutting board. Cut all your bread scraps into neat little cubes and put them on a cookie sheet with sides. Drizzle them liberally with olive oil and sprinkle them with your favorite seasonings–italian seasoning, paprika, garlic salt, pepper… Mix them well, to distribute the olive oil and seasonings, and put them in the oven. Turn the oven on to 375 degrees, but don’t set a timer, because you don’t know how long it will take to bake them to the perfect crispness.
While they are baking, go take care of your children. They are crying, and this is the kind of multi-tasking that mothers do constantly and are good at.
Sniff the air when an acrid smell tickles your nose. Go check your homemade croutons.
Open the oven door and behold your charred and smoking creation.
Pull them out and sit them on the stove top. Don’t forget to turn off your oven. When they have cooled down and stopped smoking, taste one of them experimentally.
Then discard them in any way you choose.
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