Friday, November 16, 2012

Homemade Croutons

Homemade croutons are so easy to make and less expensive than store bought croutons.   These homemade croutons were crispy and delicious.  I hate wasting bread and using leftover bread to make croutons is an excellent way to not be wasteful.  These homemade croutons are great with a Caesar salad or any salad if you want to add some crunch.  I used slices of leftover simple yeast bread since I had it in the freezer.  I took the frozen slices the night before and left it out to defrost on my kitchen counter.  They were ready the next morning to make these homemade croutons.  So if you have leftover bread, you can have homemade croutons anytime. 

Homemade Croutons

6 slices white bread, stale (I used leftover slices from my simple yeast bread recipe.)
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Cube bread into bite size pieces.

In a large bowl, mix together olive oil, parsley, garlic, and salt.

Toss bread cubes into bowl with seasoned oil until bread cubes are evenly coated.

Spread bread cubes onto a cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes until bread cubes are crispy and golden brown.

Stir croutons and bake for additional 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and toss croutons with parmesan cheese if desired. 

Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to 1 week.