Homemade Oven Baked Croutons

When my friend Emily introduced me to her homemade oven baked croutons, I just couldn’t turn back to the hard ones from the box anymore.  These puppies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and rather quick to whip up!

We had our church missionaries (the 20 something boys with white shirts and ties) over for dinner last night, and when I asked what they REALLY wanted to eat, there was a request for a Caesar Salad with the meal. These croutons instantly came to my mind. You can use any bread, but french bread is my preference (then I can sneak some of the middle out to nibble on).

I cut up the bread into cubes…melted the butter with some spices, salt, & pepper…then tossed the bread in the bowl. Cooks about ten minutes, flipping them halfway through….YUM YUM!Serve with salad or eat all by itself…I kept snacking on them all night! They last about 3 days in a tight container.
The actual recipe:

Homemade Oven Baked Croutons

MAKES ABOUT 6 CUPS

Either fresh or stale bread can be used in this recipe, although stale bread is easier to cut and crisps more quickly in the oven (but I kinda like it softer). To use stale bread, reduce the baking time by about two minutes. Croutons made from stale bread will be more crisp than those made from fresh. Be sure to use regular or thick-sliced bread.

INGREDIENTS

12 slices white sandwich bread or a loaf of french bread sliced cut into ½-inch cubes (about 6 cups)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 T Italian Seasoning

Salt

Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees and plan to place the sheet on the top oven rack. Combine bread cubes, butter, seasoning, salt and pepper to taste in medium bowl. Toss well with  spatula to combine.

2. Spread croutons in single layer baking sheet (with edge). Bake croutons, turning halfway, until golden brown and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. After cooling, croutons can be stored in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!!!

Have you ever made your own croutons before? I didn’t realize I could!

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  1. tricia dunlap says:

    YUM! Thanks for sharing – I MUST do this!!

  2. Delish!

  3. These look good. I’ve always thought homemade anything tastes so much better than store-bought. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :) :)

  4. Ooo, these look delish! thanks for posting the recipe! I will have to try it…. :)

  5. I LOVE making my own croutons. Such an easy thing to do and SO much better than out of the box!!