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I have made my own croutons for many years . Besides butter, I like to use heaps of lemon pepper on them.
Just used some leftover baguette to make croutons to go with my chicken and root veg soup made from last night’s roast dinner leftovers….. Delicious!
I LOVE CROUTONS!
Fantastic. I made a whole loaf of bread crusts diced. I’d used the inner bread to make bread crumbs. Now what I want to know is can I freeze the croutons, which I added s and p and also Parmeson.
Hi Pamela, I haven’t tried freezing the croutons, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just make sure they have cooled completely and are dry.
You have created a convert! Attempted to make my own croutons for the very first time today and they are delicious. Thanks for providing this simple recipe
Hello~~~I made my first batch of homemade croutons tonight.
I have no idea why after 27 plus years of marriage I had never tried it before? oh well never to late right? ha-ha
Decided to googled you after I started my bread cutting…Now I am hooked! Wow so much better then store bought croutons!
I did add a tiny bit of italian dressing to the butter…tickled they they tasted so yummy :))
I thought I would give it a try with actual pre-sliced bread – 2 slices for me is more than enough, Perhaps even too much!
NOTE: Not a lot of the bread is needed.
Just tried this for the first time. I used an Everything Italian loaf (from walmart) & the croutons are perfect! Super simple recipe & much better than prepackaged croutons! Thank you so much :)
Love homemade croutons! I make mine from Brioche bread (homemade too, of course), drizzled with olive oil and mediterranean sea salt and then toasted. Really, really good.
I use sourdough bread, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and a small sprinkle of sage and put it in the oven. Mmmm!
Yeah I don’t understand why people buy croutons. It’s so easy!
I have been making mine in the oven, but will switch to the stovetop- you’ve never led me astray!
I will vouch for croutons made from a sourdough bread available from CostCo that has roasted garlic baked right into the loaf. Unbelievable flavor. And if you really want to try the perfect combo, add grape tomatoes that you have roasted in a light coating of olive oil, S&P. Let cool, add to crisp romaine, homemade breadcrumbs, grated cheese, and your favorite dressing.
Homemade sage croutons are my favorite. Usually I end up snacking on them before they can even get near a salad bowl. I think the recipe is from deborah madison, but it’s simple – just chop up and add sage and the teensiest bit of red wine vinegar I think it was. Haven’t made it in a while but now am thinking I should make some tomorrow. ;)
After much trial and error I have found that homemade croutons are much better if you use buns, i.e. leftover hotdog or hamburger buns. Perhaps because they are not so heavy, therefore don’t make a crouton that is too crunchy. I cut them up, throw the cubes in a large bowl, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and sprinkle with a little garlic powder, salt, and parsley and bake at about 300 for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them, when they are a little browned, turn the oven down until they are totally dried out and crunchy. I keep mine in a Ziplock bag in the pantry for up to a month, no problem.
I make croutons out of rye or pumpernickel (yes, with garlic) for salads. My homemade sourdough makes a good crouton also.
I don’t always make them little cubes either. Slab style (cut like steak fries) they make pretty efficient dippers for entertaining.
I top my chili with cornbread crouton stars. Just make the cornbread fairly thin and cut out stars with a cookie cutter, then carefully croutonize them.
Great ideas, thank you! ~Elise
I cut up leftover bread into cubes and freeze it for making croutons and bread crumbs.
Great idea, thanks Kevin! ~Elise
Sounds awesome! How long can you store them?
Much of the point of making your own this way is to only make as much as you need at the moment. They are best eaten right away. If you do store them I would let them sit at room temp until all the way cooled down, then put them in air tight ziplock bag or jar. Do not put in the refrigerator, store at room temp. I wouldn’t store them for more than a few days. ~Elise
I was cooking with my friend Sophie a few weeks ago, and she convinced me that we should make our own croutons. Previously, I had always enjoyed croutonless salads – although I suppose enjoy is a relative word, there is no question that I enjoy salads more now!
I make them the same way, following the Julia Child train of thought (the more butter the better). One addition though – I’m a big garlic lover, so I always add in some minced garlic and herbes de provence.
I don’t think a baguette works – too much crust and the round cross section means it is difficult to cut cubes. And I prefer to use olive oil for the higher initial temperature. But you are right – any way is better than bought.
I like the fact that there is more crust on the baguette, but it is a bit more difficult to get even cube shapes. ~Elise