Friday, March 17, 2017

Savory-Sweet Gluten-Free Croutons with Surprise Ingredients

I love anything crunchy tossed into lettuce leaf salads. Some of my favorite crunchy additions are nuts, bread croutons, toasted sesame seeds and especially these super simple savory-sweet oatmeal croutons. It’s a simple and surprising combination of ingredients that seem unusual to add to a tossed green salad, but taste-testers have never been disappointed. Any leftover croutons will keep for several days stored in an airtight container.

Oatmeal Crouton with Honey and Garlic

1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
¼ cup neutral oil
¼ cup honey
⅛ cup minced garlic (about 3 large cloves)
Salt, to taste

      1.     Preheat oven to 350°F.
      2.     In a medium bowl, combine oatmeal with oil, honey and garlic. Stir until the ingredients are well distributed.
      3.     Transfer mixture to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Using a metal spatula, turn oats and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until chestnut brown. Remove from oven, turn again and season with salt.
      4.     Allow oatmeal croutons to cool completely on baking sheet until crisp. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container.

About 1 cup