Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Homemade: Croutons

This recipe is so simple and so great! I was inspired to finally make homemade croutons from my fellow pinners over on Pinterest. Here's what you need to make homemade croutons:

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 3 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Sprinkling of salt
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • Place the bread on a cookie sheet and let each side go stale for about 12 hours each side. 
  • After the 24-hour time period has passed, mix together the EVOO, garlic powder, salt and parsley in a mixing  bowl.
  • Cut the crusts off the bread and cut the bread into cubes.
  • Thoroughly mix the ingredients in the bowl together so there are no lumps, then add the bread cubes.
  • Mix together.
  • Place in a single layer on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake in oven for a total of 30 minutes (flipping after 15 minutes) at 350 degrees.
  • Store in airtight container.
We bought Italian bread from Sara Lee Bakery Outlet, and the loaf was just 60 cents. To configure the cost of the recipe, we assume the bread slices together costs about 15 cents. The other ingredients, altogether, would be about 50 cents. For this recipe, the total cost was about 65 cents. Compared to store brand, I think you will see a ginormo savings here, plus, you know what is and is not in these croutons. They taste great and are so quick to make!


Brian said...

Homemade croutons are also an awesome way to use up stale bread that might otherwise go to waste. I've made them from leftover french/italian loaves or homemade bread that got too hard to eat, but I imagine stale wheat or white sandwich bread would work fine too.

It doesn't matter how stale the bread starts out since you're just going to dry it out anyway -- might even mean you can skip the drying stage.

Jess and Jason said...

Great point, Brian, thanks! I would highly encourage anyone who is frequently experiencing bread waste to store their bread in a freezer. We store all our bread in the freezer and pull out just what we need when we need it. For two people, it's hard to eat a loaf of bread quicker than it expires, especially when you're buying bread from the thrift store, when it tends to expire within a few days of purchase.