Homemade Croutons

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Made from bread, olive oil, and spices, these homemade croutons will make you never want store-bought again. They are easy to make, so flavorful, and instantly take your salad from good to great. 

homemade croutons in jar.

Let’s Make Homemade Croutons:

This homemade croutons post came about by a happy accident. I was making a blueberry french toast casserole (that recipe is coming soon) and had some bread leftover. I was also working on a salad recipe that required croutons. While I purchased store-bought to make things easy, my heart really wanted homemade. With some extra time on my hands, I went with my gut and decided to go homemade and photograph the process to share with you. 

homemade croutons in bowl.

This recipe for homemade croutons is from my mom. In fact, she was visiting when I was making all of the recipes mentioned above so she’s the one that actually put these croutons together. Years and years ago she was a cook at a cafe in my hometown. (I worked there as well.) She would make these croutons to serve on salads, soups, etc. They were always my favorite. I would snack on them like chips. 

Now if you don’t end up eating the croutons straight out of the container like me, here are a few salad recipes you can use them on:

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Ingredients: 

If you’re unsure about making homemade croutons, know that they are so simple to make and it’s likely you have everything you need to make them right in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cubed bread – You can use whatever you’d like. More on this in the FAQ below. 
  • extra virgin olive oil  – Good olive oil adds great flavor and helps to brown the bread. 
  • spices/seasonings – I used Italian seasonings: dried parsley, garlic salt, and ground pepper. However, feel free to get creative and use what you like. 
homemade croutons in bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What type of bread are croutons made of?

The honest answer is that you can use whatever bread you like. Keep in mind that if you use flavored/seasoned bread, your croutons will have that same flavor. 

One trick for making these is that you can freeze leftover breads and then use them later to make your croutons. Consider… extra bagels, hamburger buns, sliced bread, dinner rolls, etc. In no time you’ll have enough leftover breads (that you probably would have thrown away anyway) to make a delicious batch of homemade croutons! 

How do you keep homemade croutons crispy? 

There are two things to consider. First, when baking your bread cubes, do not overcrowd them on the baking sheet. You want a single layer and you should keep them somewhat spaced out. Be sure to turn them once during the baking process so they brown evenly. 

Secondly, keep them stored in an airtight container. This will ensure they stay fresh and crisp for up to two to three weeks. 

With those questions out of the way, I think we are ready to get baking! 

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How to Make Homemade Croutons: 

For your convenience, I’ve provided a detailed ingredients list and instructions in the printable recipe card below.

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Spread your bread cubes out on a large baking sheet in a single layer. 
  3. Drizzle the bread with extra virgin olive oil, then evenly sprinkle with the spices. 
  4. Use your hands to stir, mix, and evenly coat the bread cubes with the extra virgin olive oil and spices. 
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  1. Bake until golden brown turning once halfway through the cooking process to evenly brown. 
  2. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. 
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  1. Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks. 

That’s it! Your croutons are ready to dress you favorite salads! YUM!

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That’s a Wrap:

And that’s all, my friends! I told you these homemade croutons were easy! After you try them I don’t think you’ll be buying croutons from the store anymore. 

As always, I hope you enjoyed this recipe and will give it a try the next time you need some croutons.

Enjoy! 

homemade croutons in jar.

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Homemade Croutons

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Course: Appetizer, Bread, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, bread salad, croutons, salad
Servings: 18
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Made from bread, olive oil, and spices, these homemade croutons will make you never want store-bought again. They are easy to make, so flavorful, and instantly take your salad from good to great.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups cubed bread*
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your over to 350 degrees F.
  • Spread your bread cubes out on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Do not overcrowd.
  • Drizzle the bread with extra virgin olive oil, then evenly sprinkle with the spices.
  • Use your hands to stir, mix, and evenly coat the bread cubes with the extra virgin olive oil and spices.
  • Bake until golden brown turning once halfway through the cooking process so they brown evenly. This will take about twenty minutes, but the time will vary.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks.

Notes

*For this recipe you want about 3/4′-1′ cubes. If you’re cutting your bread smaller you’ll need less.  This was about 1.5 loaves of French bread.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.02gSodium: 399mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 16IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 2mg
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  • Gwen at

    Yes! Homemade croutons are soooo.good. Love your recipe.

  • LeeAnn at

    Love homemade croutons. I support that literally any leftover bread will work – usually I have leftover cheap burger or hot dog buns and they turn out just as well! My husband actually requests salads sometimes just to get homemade croutons, his favorite part. Such a good, simple idea to share!

  • Becky at

    Michael, homemade croutons are so easy and so much better than store bought! I tend to use ciabatta most often for them. Yours look great! ~Becky

  • Karen at

    Hi Michael,
    Enjoyed seeing you at the cabin and loved your art. Multi talented!
    Always enjoy your post too. Been with you a long time!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!! I’ll be sharing more about it soon!

      xo Michael

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