Croutons -- Made From Leftover Bread

Friday, February 16, 2018

I always have a small pack of croutons handy as I love topping my salads with them. They add a nice crunch to salads. & my son loves to much on them.

Since we were talking about salads in the previous post, I thought, I'll quickly show you all how I made these amazing Croutons from a week old bread loaf.


Croutons are incredibly easy to make & it takes only 10 minutes to bake. So why buy when you can make them on your own. Plus its a great way to use leftover bread & those end slices that nobody likes to eat

Though a day old Baguettes/French Bread  or Focaccia work best for making croutons, you could also use any other crusty bread or you can save the crusty ends of a bread loaf & use them to make croutons 

White Sandwich bread will not work here. They are too thin & soft to be turned into croutons. 


You Will Need:

  • Old/Stale Bread - I used about half a pound ( I used a multi grain bread which was quite crusty) + a few ends of a bread loaf
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano or any other Herb
  • 2 tsp grated Parmesan Cheese - optional
How To:

Preheat the oven to 375°F

Meanwhile, Cut the Bread slices into small squares

In a large bowl, whisk in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Himalayan Pink Salt, Garlic Powder, Herbs & Parmesan Cheese

Dunk the bread squares in the & mix them with your hands so that oil mixture coat each of bread squares 

* Arrange them on a greased baking tray & bake them for 10 minutes 

Remove from the oven & cool them on a wire rack. Store in an air tight jar. It should stay fresh for about a week

Use them to top your Salads, soups & just munch on them like my son does.

The Croutons are soft when they are fresh out of the oven & will crisp up upon cooling. Do not be tempted to over bake. 

* If using baguettes, It might take slightly longer to crisp up. I haven't tried them yet. Will update once I do.

Homemade Croutons

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