Homemade Croutons Recipe

I’m a big fan of turning something that is a potential waste product into something useful. For example, recently one of my roommates had a loaf of bread that was getting quite dry and had been sitting on the counter for some time. There’s no point in throwing out a mostly perfectly good loaf of bread…

Joel’s Homemade Croutons

Homemade Croutons

(Please, excuse the cruddy cell phone pic. It’s what I had available to me at the moment.)

Ingredients

  • Old, dry, bread (old French bread works great)
  • 1/2 cup olive (or canola) oil
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Seasoning salt
  • Dried Oregano
  • Optional: Fish sauce

Steps

  1. In a bowl, combine the oil and spices. Mix well.
  2. Cut the bread up into small cubes.
  3. Quickly toss the bread in the bowl with the oil and spices. (The longer you let the bread sit in the oil mixture, the heavier/more oily it gets. The best way I’ve found to toss it is to use your hands. Sure, they get all oily, but what’s a good kitchen adventure without a bit of something on your hands?)
  4. Lay the freshly tossed bread cubes onto a cookie sheet one layer thick. Place in an oven at 400 degrees F. Every few minutes pull them out, and give them a stirring/flipping so that all the sides get crispy. They are completely done when the bread is nice and crunchy.
  5. Eat them! Since the croutons are already pretty much dried out bread, leaving them on the counter won’t hurt them. I’ll usually toss them on some spring greens with a bit of salad dressing.
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