Homemade croutons

Bowl of homemade croutonsIf you’re throwing away bread when it becomes too stale to eat, stop it now and make homemade croutons instead!

I used to just throw stale and left-over bread away, but now I use this simple recipe (or variations of it) to make delicious croutons. This is because we eat quite a lot of soup in our house, and croutons go really well with loads of soups. I used to buy croutons occasionally, until I discovered how easy it is to make homemade croutons. Now I wouldn’t dream of buying the things.

It also saves on food waste, and I really hate throwing food in the bin.

Croutons are so easy to make and are really versatile, too. You can put them in salads, eat them with soups and stews, add a bit of crunch to lots of meals or just eat them on their own as a tasty snack.

This recipe is basic – the only flavourings are the olive oil, salt and pepper – but you can easily add other ingredients to make them more exciting or when serving them with a specific dish, such as garlic, parsley, chilli flakes, mixed herbs, spices, balsamic vinegar… the list goes on.

When making homemade croutons, the staler the bread is, the better. You can make croutons with fresh bread, but just like toast (which is pretty much what you will be making if you use fresh bread), they will quickly melt in any liquid.

Just be careful to check the bread thoroughly for mould and don’t use it if it’s mouldy – nothing ruins the joy of eating homemade croutons (and the dish you serve them with) more than the grim flavour of mucor!

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Homemade croutons
Homemade croutons - very easy and quick to make.
Bowl of homemade croutons
Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Bowl of homemade croutons
Instructions
  1. heat your oven to gas mark 4 (180C / 350F)
  2. place the bread pieces in a freezer bag or large food bag and pour over the olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper
  3. close the bag and give it a really good mix, so that the bread is well-coated with the oil and seasoning
    Preparing homemade croutons
  4. leave the bread to rest and absorb the oil for a few minutes, then spread it evenly onto a baking tray and cook for 20 - 25 minutes, until the croutons are crisp, brown and evenly cooked
  5. either serve them straight away with soup or other hot dishes, or let them cool to use in salads or to eat as a tasty snack. Homemade croutons will keep in the fridge for several days and you can easily reheat them in the oven if required

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