These amazing homemade croutons are so good, you may just want to eat them as a snack by themselves. Of course, they are amazing on a salad, especially a Caesar salad, soups, etc. They are super easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.
Servings: 15 people
- 1/2 to 1 lb bread French, Italian, whole wheat, etc.
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup of olive oil 60 to 78 ml
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 2g
- 1/2 tsp. salt 2g
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano or Italian spice blend (less than 1g)
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 1g
Preheat the oven to 300 F/149 C. Then slice the bread into cubes and place them in a large bowl.
Now, drizzle the olive oil over the cubes of bread. You may not need it all so start with about half of it at first. If you use a full pound of bread then you will probably want to use all of the oil. Then, sprinkle on the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried oregano.Alternatively, you can mix the spices together in a separate bowl and then sprinkle them on.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Then spread out the seasoned cubes of bread evenly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then stir them. Bake again for 10 to 12 minutes, and then stir them. Repeat one more time until fully baked and crunchy, about 30 to 35 total minutes.
Once done baking, allow them to cool to room temp and serve them on top of salads, soups, etc. Or just eat them by themselves for a snack, they are that yummy! Enjoy. :)
Store them in a ziplock bag or an airtight container for 3 to 4 days at room temp or a bit longer in the fridge. They will lose some crunchiness in the fridge. You may also freeze them for long term storage.