Easy homemade croutons, perfect for soups and crispy salads! Use any leftover bread but my favorite crouton bread uses pretzel buns.
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. French bread and challah bread are other goat options.
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 the oil evenly coats all of the bread chunks. Then throw in your seasoning and spread them out evenly on a foil lined baking pan. Put the pan in the oven and bake.
So. Darn. Easy.
Who doesn’t want to top soup with croutons? Or a caesar said?
Store your croutons in an air-tight container and they should stay good for a few weeks. You’ll find yourself eating them often so I doubt they will last that long. And then you’ll have an excuse to make croutons again!
- 2 cups of cubed 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: Calories: 553 Total Fat: 31g Saturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 591mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 7g Protein: 13g