Don’t throw that stale bread in the trash anymore. Use it to make homemade croutons and add to your salads!
This might seem like a simple recipe for a blog post but sometimes it’s the things we take for granted, that we always end up needing, like these homemade croutons. How many times have you ended up grabbing a bag from the store just because you’d never buy bread just for making croutons?
That’s all good but I’ve noticed there’s a lot of people baking bread at the moment including myself. And whenever you have crusty bread it tends to dry out quicker than regular sandwich bread. So unless you cut your homemade bread into two pieces and passed one onto the freezer for another day, you’re probably looking at some stale bread on your counter.
How to make homemade croutons
Stale bread is perfect for making croutons. If you used fresh, soft bread you’d end up with a lot of crumbs and not much crunch. Another good reason for homemade croutons is, you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now, and if you don’t there’s many ways to substitute some of them for other similar ingredients.
Items you’ll need
- Olive oil- eaxtra virgin will work and provides great flavor.
- Herbs- Dried are preferred over fresh and oregano, basil, tarragon and rosemay are all good choices to use.
- Salt and pepper- I like to use sea salt for it’s coarseness and black pepper.
Cut your stale bread into slices then cut them into dice or 1 inch squares.
Transfer the bread cubes to a large bowl and add the olive oil, dried herbs, salt and black pepper.
Using your hands or a spatula, toss the bread with the rest of the ingredients making sure to coat them well.
Place on a sheet pan and bake in the oven.
STORING YOUR HOMEMADE CROUTONS
For croutons to last, they have to be completely dry. Once they’re baked I like to let them sit on the counter for a while before I bag them up and store them at room temperature. Usually the longer they sit though, the more they tend to be snacked on and eventually end up disappearing!
How To Make Easy Homemade Croutons
- 8 cups bread cubes
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Add the bread cubes to a large bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients and toss well to coat the bread.
- Transfer to a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 15 minutes then shake the croutons around the pan to promote even baking.
- Bake for another 5 minutes, then let cool.