Homemade croutons: Italian seasoned, crispy sourdough and pumpernickel bread cubed and baked into perfect little 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.
I learned how to make homemade croutons years ago and my favorite bread to use is leftover sourdough or pumpernickel bread since they are both very sturdy and crisp up nice when toasted in the oven. I also love the black and white crouton contrast of mixing them together. I always seem to have leftover sourdough and pumpernickel bread. I am not sure why but it happens every time, so croutons it is!
Ingredients Needed To Make Homemade Croutons
- Stale bread
- Olive oil
- Herbs and spices like oregano, garlic powder, onion Powder and chili powder
- Salt and pepper
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.
Add some oil: Drizzle on the olive oil and just toss. The olive oil helps the seasoning stick to the bread and also helps get the bread perfectly crispy when it bakes up.
Add the seasoning: I used dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder but you can use any seasoning you like. I also added some salt and pepper. You can customize the seasoning with whatever flavors you prefer, even ranch or taco seasoning would be great!
Bake the bread until crispy: Place the seasoned bread onto a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes and wallah, CROUTONS!
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 sourdough and pumpernickel
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
- Place the 4 cups of cubed bread into a large mixing bowl. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- Drizzle the 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the bread and toss.
- Sprinkle on the 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon chili powder, salt and pepper and toss well to coat all of the bread.
- Pour the seasoned bread onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 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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