I love when a ridiculously simple recipe yields so much reward. Quick and easy homemade croutons drizzled with olive oil, tossed with fresh seasonings, and baked until golden brown. And that’s it. Plus these are baked on a foil lined pan (aka no clean up!), PLUS they’re totally customizable. I like to use a little salt n’ pepper, dried oregano, garlic powder, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. My husband and I have definitely been snacking on these all day; I’m not even sure there’ll be enough left for a salad…
I started with some good day-old French bread. I used half a baguette to make crostini in a different recipe, and was left with the second half to make some nice, crunchy croutons. Use whatever bread you have on hand. Heels make great croutons, because really, who wants to use those to make sandwiches?
Cut the bread into slices, and then into small cubes. 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch is a good place to start. I like my croutons to be big enough to hold on to flavor. Whichever size you choose to cut them into, be sure they are relatively similar in size to prevent uneven baking.
Add all the cut up cubes into a large mixing bowl.
Drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil, and stir gently to coat. Season with salt, freshly ground pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and a heaping tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese (and I mean heaping). This part is totally customizable to your preference. Add in some cayenne and red pepper flakes for spice, or swap out the oregano for basil, thyme, or rosemary. If you are pairing these croutons with a specific salad or entree, maybe use the flavors in that dish to tailor the seasonings.
Prep a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and lightly spraying with non stick spray. Spread the bread cubes into a single layer on the pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Give the pan a good shake every 5 minutes or so while they’re cooking to prevent sticking and flip them around.
These croutons will keep for up to 2 weeks if stored at room temperature in an airtight container. And you’ve been warned, once you see how easy these are to make, you’ll never settle for pre packaged croutons again!