Homemade Salad Croutons

by Nicki on October 3, 2012

in Frugal Food

I’ve mentioned plenty about how I love to bake homemade bread. Homemade bread goes stale quicker than store-bought bread though, so we occasionally have stale bread on our hands. I’ve written before about saving it in the freezer for stuffing. Today, I have another idea for you – make some croutons!

Croutons aren’t expensive, but they are easy to make and why throw out old bread when you can use it for something else? So here’s what you do.

Homemade Croutons

You’ll need:

  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 3 or 4 slices of stale bread, cubed
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder or 1 clove


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the garlic or garlic powder and the Italian seasoning. I don’t measure – sorry. Probably a 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning and a little less than that of the garlic powder. Add the bread cubes and toss them around to coat them sort of evenly. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Put the bread cubes on a cookie sheet and bake them for about 15 minutes – until they are hard but not over-browned.

That’s it! Serve them with a salad and enjoy. They are delicious.

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