How to Make Homemade Croutons

Homemade croutons have a crunch on the outside with a tender softness on the inside. There is a definite difference in a homemade crouton and a store bought pre-packaged crouton. While the pre-packed croutons are good, when you don’t have time to make your own, they are hard and dry; we like these better. These homemade croutons are so good on salads, or in soups.

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Homemade Croutons
Homemade Croutons

There is only one problem with using homemade croutons. Rather than just putting a few on my salads, I add a large handful.  Not so good for anyone watching their weight ?

Hints to Cutting the Bread into Cubes Safely

When cutting the bread into cubes, I generally stack 3-4 slices of bread on top of each other. If I go taller, there is more of a chance of the bread cubes going all over the counter and the bread itself slipping when trying to cut. This can cause a person to accidentally cut themselves. Also, I use a serrated knife to cut the bread like this one. I make 3 to 4 slices in one direction and turn the stack of bread and make another 3 to 4 slices. I also use a bowl large enough to mix the bread without having to worry about the mixture spilling out of the bowl. Here is a bowl like the one that I use.

Crispy Homemade Croutons
Crispy Homemade Croutons

Uses for Homemade Croutons

Croutons are great for adding to soups and salads. Add to scrambled eggs during the last minute or so. This will eliminate the need for toast and tastes wonderful with eggs. Crush the cubes and top casseroles and vegetables like stuffed peppers.

Be creative and see what you can add these little cubes of goodness to.

Options to the Crispy Homemade Croutons Recipe

While I like my croutons with just butter or olive oil, some people like a bit more flavor. Here are some options for you to add to your cubed bread before baking or frying.

¼ Cup of Grated Parmesan

¼ Tsp. of Garlic Powder

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¼ Tsp. Salt

¼ Tsp. Seasoned Salt

¼ Tsp. of your favorite dried herb

Pepper to taste

How to Make Homemade Croutons

homemade croutons are so easy to make. Be frugal and use old bread again too. Great for salads and casserole toppings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Bread, Salad, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, casserole, recipe, salad
Servings: 5 Cups

Ingredients

  • 20 Slices Stale or Fresh Bread Stale bread is easier to cut, and you should use any kind of bread that you like the taste of.
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Cup Olive Oil or Melted Butter Your preference

Instructions

Oven Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Some people like to cut off the crusts – some people do not cut off the crusts. I usually cut off the crusts before I cut the bread into cubes; place into a large bowl. (Some people like to tear the bread into pieces rather than cut the bread. I find that it is faster to cut the bread and it looks nicer).
  • Melt the butter or use olive oil and drizzle over the bread cubes. Mix to incorporate.
  • Arrange bread cubes on a cookie sheet that has not been greased. I actually use two cookie sheets so that there is a single layer of croutons on the cookie sheet. This helps the bread cubes bake evenly.
  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes until browned. Let cool and store in airtight container or plastic bag that seals.

Stove Top Method

  • Some people like to cut off the crusts – some people do not cut off the crusts. I usually cut off the crusts before I cut the bread into cubes; place into a large bowl. (Some people like to tear the bread into pieces rather than cut the bread. I find that it is faster to cut the bread and it looks nicer).
  • Melt the butter or use olive oil and drizzle over the bread cubes. Mix to incorporate.
  • Cook for approximately 10 minutes on medium heat until golden brown. Cook in small batches a little at a time (single layer of cubed bread) in a large sauté pan. Stir occasionally throughout.
  • Let cool and store in airtight container or plastic bag that seals.

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I hope that you liked this recipe. If you are looking for more ideas on what to make, here are a few other recipes that you may enjoy.

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