Crunchy Croutons

croutons in oven

Croutons are one of the easiest things to make. It’s fun because you can make it different every time depending on the bread you select. For this batch, I used day-old seedy sandwich bread mixed with a small day-old sourdough loaf.

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Crunchy Croutons
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups day-old bread (crusts removed)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground aleppo pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon rosemary
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Generously oil a large mixing bowl. Cut bread into cubes and place in bowl.
  3. Drizzle cubes with half of the olive oil, salt, pepper, aleppo pepper, and rosemary. Mix well.
  4. Drizzle ingredients once more with the remaining olive oil, salt, pepper, aleppo pepper, and rosemary. Mix well.
  5. Spread seasoned cubes onto a sheet pan and bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and stir. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 2 minutes until golden brown.
Notes
Don’t be shy. Try all sorts of breads. Lighter breads make crunchier croutons. Remove crusts if you are using dense sandwich bread and increase cooking time by 2-4 minutes. Day-old biscuits make lovely croutons. Also, it is fun to experiment with different herbs. Consider adding dry thyme, tarragon, sage, red pepper flake, garlic powder, or basil. Use in salads, soups, poultry stuffing, or pasta dishes.

bread cut for croutons

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