Homemade Croutons

I know what you are probably thinking. Homemade croutons. Big deal. Let me say that croutons are a big deal in my house. I only say this because when croutons are placed on our nightly salads, those little nuggets of joy entice my kids, enough to have them grab maybe a carrot along with the croutons, or God forbid some celery, or whatever other vegetables I have placed in the dinner salad.  Yes, I typically make a salad for every dinner, believe it or not.

How to make Homemade Croutons Recipe

As I have been one, like many, to purchase store bought croutons when I am in a pinch. Each time that happens, I cringe. For one all of the ingredients listed in order to make a crouton is ridiculous, and two, there is nothing like a fresh made crouton. With a couple of simple ingredients, you can make homemade croutons in no time. The beauty is that you can also make them any size, and pretty much season them up any way you would like.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of stale bread, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • parchment paper

Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees.

In the meantime, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. It’s not necessary, but it’s less fuss and cleanup later on.

Add your bread cubes to a large bowl.

Mix your oil and seasonings.

Drizzle the oil over the cubes, and begin mixing the bread, ensuring that all cubes get lightly coated with the oil and seasoning.

How to make Homemade Croutons Recipe

Add the bread cubes to the baking sheet.

Place in the oven, and cook for about 25-30 minutes. Half way through the cooking process, remove the tray, and lift up the edges of the parchment paper, allowing the cubes to mix and flip around which should allow for an even cooking process.

The finished breadcrumbs should be golden, and a bit crunchy. When finished, remove them and allow them to cool.

Eat one. Have another one. And one more.

You can store these in an airtight container for a couple of weeks, but let me just say, they won’t last that long.

So next time you are thinking of croutons, save yourself some money, and spend a bit of time making homemade croutons. You will never consider store bought croutons again. Enjoy.

 

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

One thought on “Homemade Croutons

  1. These turned out perfect , I used Sami’s gluten free bread then added the delectable little crunchies to our Caesar salads!

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