Garlic-Herb Croutons

I wanted to make a Caesar Salad for a luncheon with some friends and I didn’t have any croutons, but I did have a bag full of sliced bread. So I improvised.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 4 Tbsps butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8 slices of bread, cubed
  • 1 tsp dried herbs (optional: oregano, basil, sage, or a combination of the 3)

Step 1: Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Step 2: In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat

Step 3: Stir in the garlic

Step 4: Cook and stir the garlic for about 1 minute (do not burn it)

Step 5: Add in the cubed bread slices, toss and coat in butter

Step 6: Spread the bread onto a baking sheet evenly

Step 7: Sprinkle on the dried herbs and season with salt and black ground pepper

Step 8: Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crisp and dry (Check frequently so as to prevent the bread from burning)


Gnocchi with Garlic Butter Sauce

Craving for some gnocchi I decided to eat out, but then I ended up going to the grocery store instead. Finding the gnocchi in the pasta aisle I decided to make something with it instead of eating out. I found a recipe for gnocchi with sage butter sauce, but I didn’t have any sage so I used some other ingredients instead. Finding green onion and shallots in the refrigerator I decided to use this in place of the sage.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 (16 oz) package of gnocchi
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried sage (used in place: 1 stock of green onion, sliced and 5 cloves shallots, minced)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Step 1: In a large pot of salted boiling water over high heat, cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface, 2-3 minutes

Step 2: Drain the gnocchi and set it aside

Step 3: Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat

Step 4: Stir in the garlic (I added the shallots as well)

Step 5: Cook the garlic until it has softened and is beginning to turn golden brown, 4 minutes

Step 6: Stir in the sage and salt for a few seconds (this is where I added the green onion)

Step 7: Add the gnocchi

Step 8: Gently toss the gnocchi with the 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and ground black pepper

Step 9: Sprinkle with the remaining 2 Tbsp of Parmesan cheese when serving