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How to Make Seasoned Croutons

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Figuring out how to make seasoned croutons at home is something I should have tackled years ago, but I never gave it much thought. Sure, I dried bread crumbs, but I never bothered with flavorings. Lately my eldest and I have been eating a lot of salads, and he likes to include seasoned croutons in every bowl. At $2-$3 per bag, making your own croutons from bread that may be past its prime can be a real money saver. You can also avoid questionable ingredients, like preservatives and high fructose corn syrup.

How to Make Seasoned Croutons - simple, easy to make homemade seasoned croutons with only three ingredients. Save money, avoid questionable ingredients.

You don't need all that extra stuff to make crunchy, tasty, toasty bread bits. All you need is bread, fat,  seasonings and an oven.

Homemade Seasoned Croutons Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of bread – any sort (Check out our 12 Homemade Bread Recipes post for ideas)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, or melted butter or coconut oil – your choice
  • 1-2 teaspoons seasonings
    • For garlic croutons, try 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt or 1 teaspoon garlic and 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • For Italian style, try a pinch of salt with dried oregano or basil
    • We made a cheesy garlic with garlic powder and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
    • Wellnessmomma has a great list of Homemade Spice Blends you can try

Directions

Preheat oven to 300°F. Slice and cube your bread. I slice, stack, and slice again, making cubes roughly 1 inch by 1 inch by 1/2 inch. The cubes will shrink up a little as they are tossed in the oil. Some folks trim the crusts, but we're not that fussy.

How to Make Seasoned Croutons - simple, easy to make homemade seasoned croutons with only three ingredients. Save money, avoid questionable ingredients.

Mix together fat and seasonings in a large bowl, toss bread cubes to coat. Alternatively, some people prefer to paint the seasoned oil on the bread and then slice it, but this seems much more messy to me.

How to Make Seasoned Croutons - simple, easy to make homemade seasoned croutons with only three ingredients. Save money, avoid questionable ingredients.

Spread the seasoned croutons on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake 30-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until crisp completely through. Taste testing recommended – just don't burn your tongue!

How to Make Seasoned Croutons - simple, easy to make homemade seasoned croutons with only three ingredients. Save money, avoid questionable ingredients.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

How to Make Seasoned Croutons - simple, easy to make homemade seasoned croutons with only three ingredients. Save money, avoid questionable ingredients.

Store in a tightly sealed container in a cool dry location for up to a week. For longer storage, keep in the freezer. (The fats will go rancid over time if left out, so eating fresh is best.)  I popped mine into mason jars and put some on the salad topper shelf next to the sunflower seeds and the rest in the freezer. You can also crush these and use them in recipes that call for seasoned bread crumbs. Making these with bread that's a bit stale is just fine, too.

And that's all there is to it! One more packaged food item off the list. One note:  you may find your homemade seasoned croutons to be significantly more tasty than the store variety, so you may want to make a double batch. 😉

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Homemade Seasoned Croutons

  • Author: Laurie Neverman

Ingredients

Scale
  • 8 slices of bread – any sort (Check out our Homemade Bread Recipes post for ideas)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, or melted butter or coconut oil – your choice
  • 1-2 teaspoons seasonings
    • For garlic croutons, try 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt or 1 teaspoon garlic and 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • For Italian style, try a pinch of salt with dried oregano or basil
    • We made a cheesy garlic with garlic powder and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300°F. Slice and cube your bread. I slice, stack, and slice again, making cubes roughly 1 inch by 1 inch by 1/2 inch. The cubes will shrink up a little as they are tossed in the oil. Some folks trim the crusts, but we're not that fussy.

Mix together fat and seasonings in a large bowl, toss bread cubes to coat. Alternatively, some people prefer to paint the seasoned oil on the bread and then slice it, but this seems much more messy to me.

Spread the seasoned croutons on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake 30-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until crisp completely through. Taste testing recommended – just don't burn your tongue!

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Store in a tightly sealed container in a cool dry location for up to a week. For longer storage, keep in the freezer. (The fats will go rancid over time if left out, so eating fresh is best.)  I popped mine into mason jars and put some on the salad topper shelf next to the sunflower seeds and the rest in the freezer. You can also crush these and use them in recipes that call for seasoned bread crumbs. Making these with bread that's a bit stale is just fine, too.

And that's all there is to it! One more packaged food item off the list.

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3 Comments

  1. Please don’t mix the bread in a bowel. I LOVE you, and hope you can edit the typo.. It was super-funny though! 🙂

  2. These look so yummy!! Can’t wait to experiment with seasonings, thanks for the awesome, healthier, and tastier alternative to store bought croutons. 🙂

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