Stop buying croutons! Seriously, just stop it. It makes as much sense as printing out an article you found online and faxing it to someone. You can make your own croutons for less than half the cost, they’ll taste better and you’ll know exactly what’s in them. No extreme salt content, no preservatives. Just crispy, crunchy, delicious accompaniments to your soups and salads.
I used to buy boxed croutons at the supermarket that were so packed with “Italian seasonings” that they had the flavor-punch of a Dorito. I may as well have crumbled Bugles over my food. (I’ve just given someone a terrible idea.) You don’t have to put your body and wallet through all that. It’s time to become the master of your crouton domain and it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
You will need:
- bread, preferably day old
- olive oil
- dried rosemary and thyme (optional)
1. Begin by cubing your bread, making the pieces as small or large as you like.
2. Place in a large bowl and drizzle enough olive oil on the bread to very lightly coat the pieces. Add a generous pinch of salt and a sprinkling of your herbs.
3. Place under the broiler of your oven or toaster oven until brown, turning once.
I prefer to make my croutons with sourdough bread. Also, you don’t have to limit yourself to thyme or rosemary. Try a spicy crouton with cajun seasoning. Try using seasoned salts. Experiment a bit. It’s your crouton, after all!