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Croutons on a pan lined with parchment

How to Make Homemade Croutons

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minute
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Oven baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Homemade croutons are a great way to use stale bread.  They are fast and easy to make and taste better than store-bought.  These are baked and not fried!


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups (7 oz) bread cubes
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1.   Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2.   Prepare a sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper, spraying it with pan release, or use a slipmat. 
  3.   Cut bread into 3/4-1″ cubes.
  4.   Combine granulated garlic, Herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper.
  5.   Add spices and olive oil to bread cubes.  Toss so that the bread cubes are coated in oil.  
  6.   Spread bread cubes on a prepared sheet pan.
  7.   Bake 10-15 minutes until lightly brown.
  8.   Cool completely.
  9.   Store in a sealed container.
  10.   Enjoy!

Notes

  1.   Homemade croutons are best made with bread that is several days old-even stale bread is okay.
  2.   Be sure the bread cubes are evenly coated with oil.
  3.   Combine the herbs, salt, and pepper before adding them to the croutons so that they can be evenly distributed.  
  4.   Watch the croutons while they are baking so that they do not burn.  

Keywords: salads, soups, stale bread, croutons, homemade