I'm a sucker for croutons in my soup. Crispy on the outside, slightly chewy on this inside... that's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like them. However, in my quest to eat only whole grains, I've been forced to slurp my soup without any of those tasty little bundles of crunchew. I've looked high and low for 100% whole wheat croutons and cannot find them anywhere. Today I bought a bag of whole wheat bagels and decided to give homemade a whirl. The end result was perfect, uh huh, uh huh.
Homemade Whole Wheat Croutons
2 whole wheat bagels, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsps. italian seasoning
2 tsps. garlic salt
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine oil, seasonings and cheese. Place bagel cubes into a bowl and pour oil mixture over them. Toss to coat. Spread cubes in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container after thoroughly cooled.
Here they are, floating happily in my bowl of Curried Sweet Potato and Bean Soup.