Homemade Croutons

Homemade CroutonsHomemade Croutons are simply the best

Never again allow stale bread to go unused. If the loaf is on it’s last day and your not in the mood for French toast, then make these delicious croutons. The simplicity and quickness of this recipe is something to never pass up. You can use the croutons that day or over the next couple days adding into soups, salads or just popping in your mouth a few for a quick snack.

My everyday bread is typically a French round loaf from Whole Foods. The fresh bread tends to only last about three days before it need to be used. That’s ok with me since there are so many delicious things to add croutons to. My Oil Mister tool is my favorite gadget that I love to use right before throwing the croutons into the oven. I use this tool to help give an even coat of oil to any spots I may have missed when tossing in the bowl with oil. This allows for even browning and an all over perfect crouton.

What to make with Homemade Croutons

My ultimate favorite way to use these tasty homemade croutons would have to be in a Classic Caesar salad with parmesan shavings. Either making a homemade dressing for a more everyday use or going to my local Cheesecake Factory and buying a jar of their Caesar dressing. I usually splurge and buy this one if I’m having a party or get together, because it turns this everyday salad into something special that everyone is always impressed with.

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Homemade Croutons

Homemade Croutons


  • Author: Whisking Mama
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins

Ingredients

Scale
  • 6 large pieces of day old French bread
  • Olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Cut the bread into small pieces
  3. Put bread into a large bowl
  4. Drizzle with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and toss to coat evenly
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add pinch of red pepper flakes and mix
  7. Transfer to a baking sheet and spread out evenly
  8. Optional: at this point you can use your oil mister to add extra oil where needed
  9. Bake for 14-15 min watching closely at the end to achieve a light golden brown
  10. Store in air tight container or bowl with plastic wrap until use
  • Category: side
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