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.
- 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
- 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.