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Homemade Croutons

Posted on 21 February 2012 by noelskitchen

Not only does making homemade croutons allow you to utilize the ends of the loaves of bread, it also allows you to make delicious, fresh croutons to add to your salads and soups.

Home Made Croutons Are Easy To Make

With a little bit of oil and seasoning, you can have homemade bread crumbs in 5 to 7 minutes-it’s that easy!

Croutons in our house are like potato chips. They get gobbled up before they make it to the salad or topping of a meal. If I want them toi last longer, I simply cube the leftover bread, place in a zip-loc freezer bag and toss in the freezer. When I’m ready to use them, I pull out about a cup or two and toss with oilve oil and a bit of seasoning and bake.

If you have leftover regular sandwich bread or loaves of french bread, making homemade croutons only takes a few simple steps to make.  Simply cut the bread into cubes as shown below, then follow directions below and you’ll have tasty homemade croutons in no time.

 Homemade Croutons

Ingredients:

  • Leftover bread or baquette, cut into cubes (white or wheat)
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Optional: Parmesan cheese, dried herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary), garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Toss bread cubes with olive oil, salt, pepper and seasonings (see above) on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until golden. Cool.

 Toss a few croutons on some Quick Minestrone Soup from my post earlier that I shared over the weekend for a great combination.

Homemade croutons, stored in a plastic container or a plastic bag, last up to two weeks unrefrigerated.

Enjoy!

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. kathi Says:

    I’ll probably make some tonight using up some of the heels of my homemade bread!

  2. noelskitchen Says:

    Leaving the cubes in this form also makes it easy for me to make Homemade Bread Crumbs. Much of the work is already done for me if I’ve already cut the bread into cubes.

  3. Lyn Dominguez Says:

    Great idea Noel. I love using Ciabatta bread with some dried thyme sprinkled on. I then cook for a bit in a pan on the stove, then move to the oven. Yummy on soup salad.

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