When I was in middle school I used to to work at my uncle’s deli during summers. Some of my job duties included making sandwiches, baking cookies, prepping salads, and making seasoned croutons using leftover sandwich bread from the day before. The nice thing about making croutons at home is the ability to make fresh croutons for salads and soups in small batches. However, I like making croutons because it helps me not to waste stale bread which otherwise may be tossed out and thrown away. Besides, how many times have you bought a box of croutons to make for a salad, only to let the rest of the box go stale (bye bye $3)? By making your own, you can make small batches which is great for being frugal and saving money. This recipe uses only a few ingredients you likely have in your cupboard and can also be used for “seasoned cubed bread” needed in stuffing recipes.
- 6 slices regular, gluten-free, or low-carb bread (fresh or day old), crusts trimmed and cubed
- 3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder and a pinch of salt OR ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- Preheat over to 300 degrees. Mix melted butter, garlic powder/salt, and parsley flakes until garlic powder is dissolved and mixture is clump free. Toss butter mixture with cubed bread in a medium bowl until cubes are evenly coated. Spread coated bread cubes on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes and check to see if they are dry, crispy, and golden brown. Stir the croutons around and bake for an additional 15 minutes until done. Store croutons in air-tight container or ziplock bag. Enjoy!