In our house, unless we use a baguette right away or an Italian loaf in a few days, it tends to get hard, stale, ignored, and ultimately thrown away. Instead, we now use stale bread to make crunchy toasted homemade croutons. You can use a combination of ingredients to add flavor. Salt and pepper is the simplest option, but you can add herbs, garlic (fresh or powdered), or Parmesan cheese to your croutons depending on how you plan to use them. Top your soups or salads with these crunchy morsels.
Oven-Roasted Homemade Croutons
- ½ loaf stale bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
- ¼ cup olive oil
- salt and pepper
- herbs, chopped
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- garlic, minced or powder
- Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, combine the bread, olive oil, and seasoning into a bowl and toss well with your hands. Line a sheet pan with a Silpat or a sheet of parchment paper.
- Spread the bread on the sheet pan in a single layer. Add a final pinch of salt and bake for about 7-10 minutes. Toss and repeat until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.