Who would say no to toasty or savory tiny bites of bread? We’re not. Not us.
We’re certain that once you try these homemade croutons, you’ll want to put them on anything or eat them straight off the baking tray. We’ll show you how to make them!
How to Make Croutons
First, choose your bread. You can use any bread for this recipe. This includes sourdough bread, sandwich bread, and gluten-free. The sourdough bread had the best flavor and texture, while the sandwich bread produced the classic crunchy croutons.
The bread should be cut into cubes to maximize the surface area and crispiness.
Toss in your chosen oil ( olive or avocado oil). You can’t go too wrong with either oil! Avocado oil has a neutral taste, but you won’t be disappointed by olive or avocado.
To get a classic cruton flavor, season the bread cubes with salt, pepper, dried Italian herbs, and crushed garlic. Spices can be adapted to suit a particular dish.
After a quick eight to twelve minutes of baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, you will have crispy golden brown croutons!
- Six cups of bread of choice* cut into cubes of 1 inch (2 1/2 cm). (8 slices of standard sandwich bread or 4-5 larger pieces like sourdough will yield about 6 cups or 250g.)
- 1/4 cup avocado oil (or sub-olive oil)
- 1/4 tsp of each black pepper and sea salt
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- 1 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning (oregano + dried basil // optional).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Add all ingredients to a baking tray and mix with clean hands. Bake for 8-12 mins (8 minutes for softer croutons and 12 minutes for crunchier croutons) or until lightly golden. Ours took 10 minutes to bake.
- Serve with salad or soup. Keep leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days at room temperature.