Homemade croutons are really easy to make, and you can whip up a batch in minutes. In fact, you can make your own croutons in as little time as it takes to make the salad you’re putting them into. The best part is – you can make them with any old bread you have around – sandwich bread, dinner rolls, hot-dog buns. They’re basically cost-free to make, and they’re so simple!
Caesar Salad is our family’s favourite, and it makes a fairly regular appearance at the dinner table. One of the reasons our caesar salad is so good is because we add homemade croutons. For me, a caesar salad just isn’t complete without croutons. Actually, in my opinion, almost every salad is better when you add croutons!
It used to drive me nuts though, when I’d be all set to make a salad, and then discover at the last minute that we were out of croutons. So one night, I decided to make my own croutons from scratch, and I was so excited to discover how easy it was. And they’re SO much better than those crunchy, rock-hard, store-bought croutons!
My homemade croutons are so fresh, and they’re not filled with nasty preservatives like the ones that come in a box. Plus, you can store them for weeks in an air tight container!
The best part ist that you can make them with whatever bread you have on hand! Hotdog buns, croissants, kaisers, french loaf or just regular loaf-bread!
Once you start making your own croutons at home, you’ll never need to (or want to) buy them again!
Yay! No more last-minute dash to the grocery store when you want to put a salad on the table!
Here’s how you make them!
Quick and easy homemade croutons:
Go to your bread basket or wherever you keep your bread stash, and pull out something that’s a bit on the stale side. Anything: French loaf, Ciabatta, homemade bread, hot-dog buns… Use whatever you have on hand.
I made the croutons in these photos with a few mini croissants that had been sitting in our bread drawer for a couple of weeks. They were very stale. Very stale is just fine.
Grab your stale bread cut it up into chunky cubes.
Now toss those cubes into a bowl and drizzle a little 0live oil over them.
You don’t need a lot. Start with a tablespoon or so.
Stir ’em up good.
It’s going to seem like only a few have soaked up the oil, but you’ll see the sides of the bowl start to get oily, and you’ll kind of know that they’re all getting lightly coated.
If you need to add more oil, just add a tsp at a time. You don’t want to soak your bread cubes.
You could add some flavour at this point too: a generous dash of parmesan, crushed oregano, basil or garlic powder. Whatever suits your fancy…
Now, spread your oiled bread cubes out on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven for approx 10 minutes at 350ºF.
You can gently toss or stir your croutons at the 5 or 6 minute mark. I never really find it necessary, but if you want to, go for it.
By the 10 minute mark, they should be a toasty, golden-brown.
That’s it, that’s all! Wasn’t that quick and easy?
Storing your homemade croutons:
You can store your homemade croutons for a couple of weeks in an airtight container or zip-lock bag.
A friend of mine keeps hers on the counter in a sealed mason jar.
I often use a plastic cereal box insert to store my croutons in. Cereal box inserts are great. They’re much cheaper than a ziploc bag, and it makes me feel good giving it an extra life before tossing it.
Aren’t they pretty? And oh, my! They are SO delicious!
Say good-bye to those rock-hard, artificial croutons you’ve been using. Once you try these, crispy-chewy little gems, you won’t look back!
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