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Homemade Staples: Croutons

Homemade Croutons

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.

Homemade Croutons

  • 1/2 loaf – loaf of french bread (or whatever bread you want to use)
  • Olive oil
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Additional seasonings (optional)

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. 🙂

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19 comments on “Homemade Staples: Croutons

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  3. gotasté
    March 22, 2013

    Now that I am making my own bread, this recipe will come in handy when the bread becomes stale. Thank you for sharing this kenley….danny.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 22, 2013

      Glad you like it, Danny. I think you’ll find that once you start making your own croutons, you’ll never want to buy them again. (much like making your own bread) 🙂
      Kenley

  4. Sarah
    March 22, 2013

    These look delicious. If only I ate bread … Maybe I can make them next time we have dinner guests!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 22, 2013

      They would pry like them quite a bit — and you wouldn’t need a lot of bread to make it happen. (so you wouldn’t have extra bread laying around).
      Kenley

  5. now at home mom
    March 22, 2013

    This is a great recipe Kenley! 🙂 I will be using this one; I can’t believe I never thought of making my own! Thanks for sharing this one! Have a great weekend!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 22, 2013

      You’re quite welcome. I think you’ll find that once you start making them, you will never want to buy them again. Have a great weekend as well!
      Kenley

  6. Home Seasons
    March 22, 2013

    Mm we love croutons! Nothing beats fresh homemade croutons! The store bought ones are so hard sometimes!

  7. myhealthyohana
    March 22, 2013

    Good tip about making sure the bread is stale…I’ve made that mistake before! Looks yummy 🙂

  8. These look so yummy…the problem is I would just want the whole bowl of them with no salad☺

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 23, 2013

      Hehe!! To say that I haven’t munched on a few without salad…:-) Taste testing you know!
      Kenley

  9. Karen
    March 24, 2013

    Croutons are so easy to prepare, I don’t know why anyone would buy them.

  10. Time With Thea
    March 24, 2013

    Ta-Da! I am always on the hunt for good home prepared croutons. Another great recipe from you! Pinterest here I come. ~Thea

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