Homemade Croutons

Crunchy, chewy, and seasoned exactly to your taste – Homemade Croutons! 

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Yes, you can make your own croutons! And yes, it is SO easy! Once you make them once, I promise you will never go back to store-bought ones! The spices in this recipe produce the most flavorful croutons with the perfect amount of crunch.

I discovered how to make croutons one day in a moment of panic. After preparing a salad for a dinner with friends, I realized I had no croutons – I know, this moment TOTALLY justified a full-out panic. With minutes before I expected knocks on the door, I cut the bread I had on hand into small pieces. I drizzled them with olive oil, sprinkled a couple spices on top, threw them on a pan for a few minutes and — voila!! Beautifully browned, tastefully seasoned, crunchy, chewy croutons.

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You will love these croutons because you can season them exactly how you prefer. I used paprika and garlic powder on mine today and they complement a simple salad very well. You can use a variety of other spices to suit your salad and your tastebuds! There are so many enticing spice combinations to try! I’ve listed some recommendations in the recipe notes.

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I suggest using a rustic and thick bread. We keep that type of bread on hand for sandwiches and works marvelously for crunchy, thick croutons. French bread is another great option. You can try to make this with any bread (even gluten-free!), but you will find different results depending on the type of bread. Feel free to experiment and let me know how it goes!

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If you want to go all-out on these croutons, try topping them with some shaved parmesan! After you’ve flipped the pieces and the second side has cooked for two minutes, carefully top with shaved parmesan. Cover the pan and allow to cook until the cheese has melted. Topping a salad with carbs + cheese is, in my opinion, the best way to eat veggies.

Or try tossing the croutons into soup! These cheese-topped croutons would pair wonderfully with a hearty tomato soup!

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These croutons are a cinch to make! Cut, drizzle, sprinkle, and toast. You will have crunchy homemade croutons ready in 15 minutes!

Homemade Croutons

Total time: 15 minutes
Yields: Croutons for one large salad

Ingredients:
3 pieces of bread (Rustic and thick will work best)1
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika2
½ teaspoon garlic powder

  1. Cut the bread into small pieces.
  2. In a bowl, drizzle the bread pieces with olive oil. Be sure the pieces are lightly coated. Drizzle with up to one more tablespoon if necessary.
  3. Sprinkle with spices. In order to evenly coat, sprinkle the spices, stir, sprinkle more, stir, etc. Add more spices to taste.
  4. In a small pan over medium-low heat, spread the bread pieces out so that none overlap. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until toasted and browned. Flip each piece and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes on the other side. Remove from heat and allow to cool before adding to your salad.3

Notes:
1To make gluten-free, use a gluten-free bread. I expect similar results, though they may require a bit more time to toast.
2Feel free to experiment with different spices! Try with dried basil, onion powder, salt, pepper, or oregano.
3To make cheese-topped croutons, carefully place shaved parmesan over the pieces of bread after they have begun toasting on their second side for two minutes. Cover the pan and continue cooking until cheese is melted.

 

If you try these, I’d love to see the result! Tag your kitchen creations with #mesacookingco so I can admire your beautiful work!

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