Homemade Croutons are simple to make, and help curb food waste by using leftover bread! Learn How to Make Croutons with this simple guide.
Author:Lexi's Clean Kitchen
Total Time:20 minutes
Yield:About 8 Cups1x
1 loaf of bread (about 12–16 ounces)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1–½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400ºF and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cut or tear bread into crouton-sized pieces (I recommend about ½” to 1” in size). You can cut off the crust if desired, but it’s not necessary.
Gently toss together bread cubes, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a large bowl. Then, drizzle in the olive oil while mixing until the bread crumbs are evenly coated.
Spread half of the croutons evenly onto one baking sheet, and the remaining bread cubes on the other baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, tossing the bread cubes halfway through to ensure they bake evenly. The baking time will vary, depending on the type of bread, and how dry it is, so keep a close eye on them during the baking time.
Let the croutons cool completely before storing them for up to two weeks in an airtight container.
Use any bread you want here. Drier breads work better, such as French bread or Italian bread, but you can truly make bread crumbs out of anything, including leftover hotdog or hamburger buns. Gluten-free bread tends to break apart easy so be gentle when tossing it together in the bowl.
An alternative to tossing the bread with olive oil is to use a single-ingredient cooking spray (I love this Avocado Oil Spray) that will thinly and evenly coat the bread cubes instead pouring and tossing together the oil and bread.