Homemade croutons: Garlic, cheesy, crusty ciabatta bread cubed and baked into perfect little crispy croutons the you can top on salads, soups or just enjoy as a snack! Ready in 20 minutes and these store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks! Super easy!
Ever wonder what to do with your leftover bread that is getting stale? You can make croutons and have them for topping salads and soups or just for snacking. Great idea huh? I know what you are thinking, that must not be easy but trust me I will show you How to make Homemade Croutons that you can customize based on what you have on hand. Oh and these store in the fridge for up to two weeks! It is so simple, it will blow your mind.
What kind of bread can you use for making homemade croutons?
You can use any kind of bread really. The most important thing I find is making sure the bread is a little stale, you know a few days old and not a new loaf you just bought from your local bakery or just pulled out of the oven. Older bread helps you get nice and crispy croutons and that’s what we want. That crunchy yet oh so crispy texture. A day old crusty ciabatta bread works BEST!
Ingredients Needed To Make Homemade Croutons
- Stale bread – Crusty ciabatta is the best!
- Olive oil
- Garlic, Adobo, dried basil and chili powder are my faves
- Salt and pepper to taste although if you use adobo use less salt since it has salt in it.
- Nutritional yeast for that “oh so cheesy” flavor
Steps To Make Homemade Croutons
Cut up the bread: I like to cut the bread into cubes like traditional croutons. I like small-medium size but you can cut them any size you like.
Make the coating: Add the olive oil to a medium size mixing bowl with the garlic powder, adobo, dried basil and nutritional Yeast and whisk.
Toss the bread in the coating: Add the cubed bread to the mixing bowl with the coating and toss with your hands to get it all nice and covered in the oil and seasonings. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
Bake the bread until crispy: Place the seasoned bread onto a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes and wallah, CROUTONS! They come out so crispy and DELICIOUS!
Serve and ENJOY: Serve the croutons on top of salads or soups or just as a snack dipped in ranch dressing, which is how my kids eat croutons ha ha!
You can eat these immediately or let them cool completely and store them for later.
How to store homemade croutons
To store homemade croutons, just put them into an airtight container after then have fully cooled and keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks! They stay super crunchy and are ready for topping your favorite salads and soups.
- 4 cups cubed stale bread - I used crusty ciabatta bread
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast seasoning
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon adobo
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F
- Add the olive oil, nutritional yeast seasoning, garlic powder, adobo, chili powder and dried basil to a medium size mixing bowl and whisk. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Add the 4 cups of cubed bread to the bowl and toss to coat. I used my hands to do this.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour the seasoned bread onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, toss halfway through.
- Once the bread is nice and crispy brown, remove and serve immediately on top of your favorite salad or soup or enjoy as a snack. You could also cool the croutons completely and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
You could also use a gluten-free bread for gluten-free croutons.
Ranch or taco seasoning also work great for seasoning the croutons.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 214mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Protein: 3g
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