Easy homemade croutons, perfect for fall soups and crispy salads!
There is no need to buy croutons at the store anymore. Nope. Sorry crouton companies, but they are so easy to make that you had best just make them yourself.
I may be saying that because I’ve become the girl who makes pickles so she doesn’t have to buy them (they taste better by the way.) But I’m okay with that. It’s actually become something I’m proud of.
I love buying pretzel buns and breadsticks at the store and turning them into croutons. They are an easy way to add some great flavor to soups and salads. And these croutons are so good I have eaten them on their own. But enough about that – lets talk about making them.
Easy Homemade Croutons
Start with leftover bread. You really can use any bread but as I said above, bread of the pretzel variety is my crouton bread of choice. Start by taking a serrated knife and cutting pieces that are the same size. I would say cut pieces that are about 1/2 inch squares.
Toss them in a bowl with your olive oil and make sure all of your pieces are evenly coated. Then throw in your seasoning and spread them out evenly on a foil lined baking pan. Put in the oven and bake.
So. Darn. Easy.
And just in time for fall soups and stews.
The soup above is a future recipe but it was perfect to display this easy homemade crouton recipe.
- 2 cups of bread, sliced in 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Put the bread in a medium bowl and toss in the olive oil. Add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper and toss.
- Pour the bread cubes on the baking sheet evenly and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Store in an air-tight container.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 553kcal Calories from fat 277|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 31g||48%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||25%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||20%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
And that’s it for today – I have some big things coming up for everyone. A few food-related giveaways (yay!), some reviews, and of course, some more recipes.
I’m developing recipes right now for the fall/winter. Is there anything you’d like to see?