Best Croutons (& Pizza) Ever

Cheese Pizza, John's Pizzeria Bleeker Street

Cheese Pizza, John’s Pizzeria Bleeker Street

Hello my lovelies! I just had to share my trick for the best croutons ever. A few days ago I went to John’s Pizzeria on Bleeker Street, my personal favorite pizzeria in Manhattan. They also have a 2nd place off of Times Square that fills up 3 stories of a refurbished old church. Both have fabulous pizza, but I love the feel of the eclectic cobblestone Bleeker Street place. Luckily we had 1 slice leftover, which inspired this post!

The goal of this blog is definitely not cooking, but I do enjoy cooking in my free time and I noticed that there aren’t many posts about how to use leftover pizza as croutons. Whaaaaaat?! This is my absolute favorite way to use leftover pizza. It will take a plain salad from 0 to 100.

It’s super simple- put the leftover pizza on a cookie sheet and place it in a 400 degree oven for 10 to 20 minutes. The time definitely varies by oven, but what you’re looking for is an even golden brown.

Once the pizza looks nice and crispy, cut the pizza up into crouton shapes and top your favorite salad. It’s that easy! If you prefer extra crunchy croutons you can cut them up before you put them in the oven, but I like a little chewiness inside personally.

I like to top an Italian-style salad with these, but it would be delicious paired with any savory toppings. My only suggestion would be to stay away from sweet toppings (unless you’re using Hawaiian pizza) and if you add cheese, stick with one type.

My fail-proof salad is: Pizza Croutons (Yaaaas!), Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta, Mozzarella or Provolone Cheese.  I like to toss the veggies and cheese with the dressing before I add the pizza to prevent it from getting soggy. Generally I just use some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and Salt & Pepper. Super simple and super delicious! Yum!

Now, go crisp up that leftover pizza in your fridge! Talk  soon dolls! <3

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