Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Easy Peasy Homemade Croutons

Last week a friend of mine shared with me some croutons and they were amazing.  As I asked her about them she simple stated how she had made them herself.  Her daughter and I ended up finishing them up just as a snack, they were that good.  So she inspired me to make some of my own.  They were so easy, cheap to make and the greatest fact they are so delicious!!  I will not buy croutons from the store.  You can adjust them flavor to whatever you want.
Easy Peasy Homemade Croutons 
This is a basic recipe. Use the seasonings and oils that you love.

1 loaf day or older bread (I found a bag of sliced bagette in the day old section at the store bakery department).
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
seasoning salt
salt
pepper
garlic

Mix up your oils and seasonings.  Let sit for a few minutes so the flavors can mix a bit.
Dice up your bread.
As you can see it was quite a large bowl of diced bread.
Pour the oil seasoning mixture over the bread and stir to coat.  Add more oil or seasoning if needed.
Pour on to a cookie sheet. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the bread is crisp and golden brown.  Stir a few times during baking cycle.
Remove from cookie sheet.  When croutons have cooled store in an air tight container.
So EASY and Delicious!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Easy Beat the Heat Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

With the impending heat wave we have been having I have not wanted to cook at all.   It has been so hot in my house that my normally very solid coconut oil is now a very liquid form. Turning on the oven makes me cringe. I decided I needed to cook my family something good for the 4th of July.  This was incredible and so simple!  I put them in the crockpot in the morning and only had to turn the oven on for 10 minutes.  They were so tender and delicious.

Easy Beat the Heat Crock Pot BBQ Ribs
inspired by Everyday Savvy
1 rack of baby back ribs
1 can pop (I used Dr. Pepper)
1 bottle barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
salt and pepper

Season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper.  Wrap the rack of ribs around your crock pot.  Pour can of pop over the ribs and then add the liquid smoke if you want.  Put on the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil.  Carefully take rack of ribs out of the crock pot and place on the cookie sheet.  Cover with barbecue sauce.  Broil on high for 10-15 minutes until the sauce starts to caramelize (get sticky looking).  Remove from oven and enjoy!!
If you have time make Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce. It is really good on ribs!
I used two racks of ribs and the same measurements of ingredients and they turned out perfectly.

Total deliciousness!!



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