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Homemade Crouton Recipe (with pictures)!

You might remember from my post the other day (easy apple turnover recipe ) that I went the non-traditional route for our Thanksgiving dinner this year. Part of that included a hearty romaine salad with homemade croutons. If you haven’t considered making your own croutons yet, I suggest starting. Not only is it super easy but it’s also a lot more cost efficient than purchasing them from the grocery store (plus you have the added advantage of knowing exactly what’s in your salad topping).  For this, you’ll want to pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.

You will need:

  • Bread (Any type will do. I was in a pinch with this recipe so I used three slices of white bread.)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Seasoning (I used garlic and herb seasoning for this recipe.)

Cut the bread to your prefered size. Since I was using sliced bread, I first cut it into strips and then I cut each strip into cubes.

Combine Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Garlic & Hearb seasoning in a bowl.

Toss in the bread until everything is coated in the olive oil / seasoning.

Place in the oven at 400 degrees until the croutons are golden brown.

Enjoy over salad (assuming they make it onto the salad :)).

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Mmmm….Apple Cinnamon Baked Treat Recipe (with pictures)!

I had planned to do an entire blog post on what we did for Thanksgiving this year but I realized it would be entirely too long so I’m going to break it into segments. I wouldn’t classify myself as someone who necessarily cares about keeping with tradition when it comes to food. To be honest, I’d be happier to do something unique every year rather than having turkey with stuffing and all of the “must have” side dishes. That’s why, since it was my turn to make Thanksgiving dinner for my family, I wanted to think outside the box. To start the evening, I had homemade bowtie pasta chips with an asparagus dip and a hearty romaine salad with homemade croutons. For dinner we had double stuffed lemon garlic chicken breasts with sides of mashed potatoes, green beans, and parmesan rolls. For dessert we had birthday cupcakes (my dad’s birthday is next week), pumpkin pie, and these baked apple cinnamon treats:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One Apple
  • One package of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits or Crescent Rolls (I used the Crescent Rolls on Thanksgiving and the Grands Biscuits tonight.
  • McCormick’s Cinnamon Sugar
  • Butter

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

I’ve made these twice now. The first time I left the skin on the apples but tonight I peeled it before dicing it (I have texture issues with apple skins). Whatever you prefer will work.
Dice your apple and set aside.
Unwrap the biscuits or crescent rolls and stretch out the dough (as pictured).
Melt 1/2 stick of butter in the microwave.
Brush melted butter on the top of each piece of stretched out dough.
Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of each buttered piece of dough.
Place a small handful of apples on each piece.
Fold over each piece in half to seal. Then brush melted butter on each side and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Once they’re oven ready, bake them at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes (you’ll want to keep an eye on them).
For best enjoyment, eat them warm with a scoop of Blue Bell (my personal favorite) vanilla ice cream. I think it would also be nice with some melted caramel drizzled over the top.
Since I’m not doing specific posts about the other two desserts, I thought I’d include some pictures of those as well. The cupcakes were a plain vanilla with a creamy vanilla buttercream frosting and the pumpkin pie (not pictured) was purchased from Costco. I feel that I should mention, in case you weren’t aware, that Costco has the BEST pumpkin pies this time of year. Not only are they ridiculously large but they’re also only $5.99 and totally delicious.