Homemade croutons… sounds so simple and sort of a boring post, right? But there are actually tons of uses for croutons (not to mention you won’t be throwing away and wasting that day old bread) :). Croutons are great on salads, like the Chicken Caesar Salad, or soups, in stuffing (like next week for Thanksgiving), and as a topping for casseroles. I have a bread machine and have a great recipe for French bread that I received from my aunt. The recipe makes two fresh, delicious loaves of bread and sometimes my husband and I don’t finish it before it goes stale. Instead of throwing away the leftovers, I decided to make homemade croutons. They are so easy and are great to have on hand. You can even experiment with different seasonings, maybe a spicy crouton with red pepper flakes or a sweet crouton with cinnamon and sugar. The possibilities are endless, and I’m getting excited just thinking of all the options I am going to experiment with as I write this post. So, please don’t be bored by my simple post, but take it as a gateway to a great, crunchy addition to your next meal. Make the first bite count!
Total Time: 20 minutes
1 loaf French bread, 1 day old
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Slice the bread into about 1/2 inch slices. Then I cut through the middle of each slice horizontally and 2-3 slices vertically, depending on how big that particular slice was. It really just depends on the size of croutons you desire.
3. Place croutons on a large baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the top and sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Use your hands to toss everything together to coat all pieces.
4. Bake 10-12 minutes or until pieces of bread are golden brown. I usually give the pan a shake about half way through to toss the pieces a little and have them brown more evenly.