Homemade Croutons

Growing up my family wasn’t big on eating sandwiches. I buy bread mainly for toast or french toast for breakfast. With my work schedule, I rarely get to eat breakfast, at least not at home. So, I end up wasting a lot of bread. At my parents’ house, Mom uses her bread to make biscotti to dunk in their morning coffee, but like I mentioned, I’m not usually home in the mornings, so no good for me. What I did find useful is making my own croutons. Also, easily packed for when I decide to bring a salad to work.

Basic ingredients: Bread, olive oil (I use extra virgin), salt, pepper and whatever herbs or cheeses you want to use to flavor it.

I don’t have exact measurements because this is all based off of how much bread I haven’t used.



I cube my bread, some people tear them, who cares, no one is measuring your croutons individually. I mix everything in a mixing bowl. Try not to overdo the olive oil and make your bread soggy.


Then I place them evenly on a baking sheet with parchment paper and let the oven do it’s thing while I wander off to other tasks. I do 300 degrees for about 20 minutes. Usually, I use the frozen pizza rule: “or until brown.”


Then I store. And I make awesome salads with “real” bacon bits, because I’m a starving child who grew up to be a starving adult.


2 Comments on Homemade Croutons

  1. Becky
    December 22, 2014 at (3 years ago)

    Fyi you can freeze/thaw bread. Or keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh longer. Our make into bread crumbs for meatloaf/chicken parmesan/other bread crumb typed or encrusted foods. Unless you just really love croutons.

  2. Jenni
    December 23, 2014 at (3 years ago)

    I actually might once I have time to cook an actual meal. Maybe I’ll try to make chicken parm.

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