Homemade Baked Croutons

If you have almost expired bread, you need to make these homemade baked croutons! They are so addicting!!

croutons on a baking sheet.

I’m not sure about you, but I hate when buy a loaf of bread, forget to eat a few slices, and then DANG, I need to throw it away.

I’ve gotten A LOT better at freezing half of my loaf as sliced bread defrosts perfectly but if there are a few slices hanging out (especially the end pieces), I always make these easy and delicious homemade baked croutons.

overhead shot of breadcrumbs and salad.

But can I really make the best crunchy baked croutons at home?

You sure can! All you need to do is cube your stale bread into 1 inch pieces and toss with olive oil and seasonings. The bread pieces are baked for just 10 minutes and in that time, the stale bread turns into the most flavorful, crunchy crouton! 

Ok, I’m in. What kitchen tools will I need?

Honestly, not much! Other than your ingredients you will need a bread knifemixing bowl, and a baking sheet

What else should I make with these homemade croutons?

croutons on a cast iron skillet with salad in background.

Homemade Croutons

Do you have some stale slices of bread hanging out? Make these crunchy baked croutons!!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad, Snack
Cuisine: American
Cost: $1

Ingredients

  • 3 slices thick sliced bread I like Nature’s Own Perfectly Crafted Multigrain Bread (picture below recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Flipping halfway through. Keep a close eye on these as they can easily burn.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes and then top on a salad, enjoy them as a snack, or store for later! I keep these in my pantry for up to a week.
picture of Nature's Own Bread

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