Carlton’s Homemade Croutons

Photo credit: Carlton Logan

Plain Bread Crumbs (Photo credit: Carlton Logan)

I’m not real crazy about boxed croutons because they tend to be too dry.  My rule is if you fear the possibility of cracking a tooth, don’t eat them!

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to cut some day old bread, sprinkle it with some olive oil and herbs and bake them.  Plus they have less fat, calories and sodium than store-bought.

Ingredients:

  • Day old French bread/baguette or any type of bread
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 2-4 teaspoons Italian herbs

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Spray a cookie sheet with Pam.  Or place a sheet of parchment paper on the sheet for easier cleanup.
  • Cut bread into uniform cubes
  • Toss bread into a large mixing bowl,  Drizzle with some olive oil.  Season with some salt and a little pepper.  Sprinkle with garlic powder if desired.   Sprinkle with herbs.
  • Spread cubed bread evenly on cookie sheet.  Bake for 15-20, checking cubes after about 10 minutes.  Cubes should be brown but not too dark.  In terms of texture, cubes should be crisp but not hard.

Croutons can be stored in a plastic storage bag or air tight container for about a week.

Use in salads, soups, or a bowl of chili.

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