This is a sponsored post by Pompeian Olive and Smiley360. I received one or more products for free in exchange for my review. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own.
Happy Monday everyone and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I sure did, but boy did it snow! There are about 6-8” of snow on the ground and I could barely see my little orange Beetle in my driveway. Snow days like this keep me inside where it’s warm and when inside, I’m usually in the kitchen making something. This time it was desserts and main dishes. Of course I had a salad with that and on that salad were homemade croutons.
In the past when making these I would drizzle olive oil on the bread, but sometimes some of the cubes would be over oiled and some not at all. So, I started using cooking spray. When Pompeian and Smiley360 gave me the opportunity to review their grapeseed oil spray, I thought this would be great for my crouton recipe.
Pompeian Grapeseed Oil spray has a light flavor that comes from delicate wine grapes. It also has a high smoke point which is great for stir-frying, sautéing, grilling and baking.
More information from Pompeian:
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Yes, I tend to make my own croutons for salads and the nice part about that is they are different almost every time. For this recipe, I had about half a loaf of wheat bread that had dried out a bit. I cut it up into cube shapes, about 1″ square. I sprayed a cookie sheet with the Pompeian and spread out the bread cubes.
I sprinkled 1 teaspoon of parsley on them and then 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder. I then sprayed the top of the bread cubes with more Pompeian Grapeseed Oil. Put them in the oven for 10 minutes (15 if using fresh soft bread) at 350, flipping the cubes over at the halfway mark and spraying them a bit more. The cool thing is you can change seasonings if you want less garlic and or substitute parsley for Italian seasoning.
Using the Grapeseed oil really lightened up the croutons. There was no heavy oil flavor and the seasonings used popped more. The oil also works well when grilling meats. I used it to spray down my grill pan before I cooked some brats the other night. I had the grill on high and the oil didn’t all funky like some do. And my brats didn’t have a heavy oily taste either.