I was cleaning out my freezer and came across three packages of partially used bread items: grain bread, biscuits, and hot dog buns. Instead of tossing them, I was inspired to use them. About a month ago, Rob’s grandma was visiting from Florida. In one of our conversations, Grandma Jean told me about the seasoned homemade breadcrumbs she makes using up old bread. Not only does this prevent food waste, the homemade product is very tasty.
Instead of breadcrumbs, I was inspired by Grandma Jean’s idea to make croutons. The croutons are so easy to make and a great way to use up leftover bread or rolls. Another benefit of homemade croutons is having complete control over the seasoning! Aside from the bread, all you need is a drizzle of butter or olive oil and your favorite spices. I used a romano cheese salad seasoning plus garlic powder for mine. These croutons were absolutely delicious. Many didn’t make it to the salad because we have been munching them plain!
Since the recipe depends on the quantity and size of bread cubes, my instructions are somewhat vague. However, you should have no trouble if you watch them carefully as they bake! See below for recipe and photos.
5-6 cups leftover frozen or stale bread, biscuits, or buns
4-6 Tbsp olive oil or melted butter
Seasonings of choice (ie Italian herbs, grated parmesan cheese, garlic powder)
Preheat oven to 350° F and line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
Cut bread into cubes and place in a large bowl. You may also tear the bread if you want a more rustic look. Drizzle lightly with olive oil or melted butter. Add more or less depending on preference. Toss the cubes gently to coat evenly. Season with favorite dried herbs or spices. Spread the seasoned bread cubes onto the lined tray in a single layer and bake.
Toss the croutons after about 10-12 minutes to ensure even baking. The total bake time will vary based on the size of the bread cubes and desired crispness. Let cool completely before enjoying on salads.
Select your breads:
Cut into cubes:
Drizzle with olive oil or melted butter. Add seasoning and bake:
Cool and enjoy: