Making your own homemade croutons is so simple! They can be made in minutes and made with your favorite herbs and spice blends. Both dried and fresh herbs can be used in this recipe. See the notes section below for our tips.
Makes 4 cups
You Will Need
4 cups torn or cubed day old bread, about 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon dried herbs or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh fine herbs, see notes
Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium bowl, toss the pieces of bread with olive oil, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper.
Add dried herbs, if using, and toss well. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake, stirring once, until crisp and light golden around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes. If using fresh herbs, chop them small and then toss with the croutons after they have finished baking and while they are still warm.
Cool and then store in an airtight bag for 2 to 3 days or freeze up to a month.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
We typically reach for dried herb blends like Italian seasoning, chili powder (see our homemade version), Za’atar, and Mediterranean/Greek blends. For fresh herbs, try finer herbs like chopped fresh oregano, dill, basil, tarragon, chives, parsley and cilantro. If using woodier herbs like rosemary or thyme, you can toss them in before baking as if they were dried herbs.
Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
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NUTRITION PER SERVING: Serving Size About 1/4 cup / Calories 93 / Total Fat 3.1g / Saturated Fat 0.5g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 231.1mg / Carbohydrate 13.6g / Dietary Fiber 0.7g / Total Sugars 0.8g / Protein 2.9g
AUTHOR:Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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