Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
Croutons are one of the easiest, cost-effective, and delicious things to make from scratch. It is cheaper to make croutons to buy them PLUS then they are fresher and more flavorful. You can also keep things simple like the recipe that I have below…OR, you can add additional seasonings like garlic salt, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, etc. (Note — if you add a seasoning that contains salt, like garlic salt, omit the use of salt in the basic recipe). Homemade croutons are also both perfect for anyone following a gluten-free or paleo diet. Simply use your favorite gluten-free bread.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the bread of your choice into 1/2 inch squares. If the bread is fresh, let it sit out in the open air of the kitchen for an hour or so to make it firmer and a bit stale. It is important not to toss the bread cubes with the oil and seasonings if too soft. They will absorb too much of the oil.
Coat a jelly pan with cooking spray.
Place bread cubes in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper (as well as additional seasonings if using). Toss to coat.
Pour bread cubes into jelly pan and create a single layer.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Take out every 5 minutes to stir. Croutons are done when golden brown and crusty.
Use with salads, soups, or just to munch on. 🙂