today we make fancy salad.
I’ve been a crouton person for as long as I can remember.
Growing up the entire purpose of eating a salad was to see how many croutons I could fit on top. And the entire purpose of eating oatmeal was to see how much sugar I could pour into the bowl before my grandma would catch me and tell me that “I had enough”. This was also the grandma who used to feed me cookie dough for breakfast when I was sick. She knew what was up.
I still totes do the cookie dough for breakfast thing. But now it’s a version made with whole grain deliciousness and no added sugar…I’ll take it.
So when I spent a summer working at Ruggles one of my jobs was crouton maker. It was actually the only thing involving heat I was allowed to do after I set a hand towel on fire when attempting to melt some chocolate. I set the towel down on top of a gas burner. Oopsidaisis. I’m sure it happens all the time, but they kinda made a big deal about it. So dramatic.
I kid. It wasn’t my brightest moment.
But yes. I could handle cubing loaves of fluffy baguettes, drizzling on some olive oil, sprinkling on the salt/pepper and then baking them until crispy. And I felt like my heart was really in my work because, ya know, I love croutons.
My favorite croutons I’ve had lately are from here. They are these sourdough croutons that are crunchy but then kinda soft and chewy all at the same time. Just killer.
Well now Bon appetit is coming at us with this whole savory granola crouton idea, which makes eating salad all the more fun. A little salad with my croutons…don’t mind if I do.
The whole using-oats-in-savory-recipes thing is kind of like the whole black bean brownie thing. But opposite. Oats are usually in sweet things and black beans are usually in savory things. And then everybody is going and putting oats in savory things and black beans in sweet things. These are some confusing, albeit delicious, times we live in. We’ll get through it together.
So for those days when you need a little encouragement to chow down on some leafy greens…I bring you, granola croutons.
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup pistachios, roasted & salted
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Spread mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown, stirring twice throughout cooking time. Serve atop a salad.