Homemade Croutons

Posted On: November 18, 2017

Croutons

This easy to create recipe has endless variations depending on the spice mixture used to coat the croutons. They store wonderfully in the fridge or freezer.  Plus there is NO high fructose corn syrup, salt, or hydrogenated oils!

Ingredients:

  • Day old French bread (or sliced sandwich bread)
  • Fresh Harvest Olive Oil (your choice – see examples below)
  • Spice mixture (your choice – see examples below)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the bread into crouton sized cubes. Some folks prefer to take the bread crust off, personally I like to leave it on. You can use day old French Bread, or even sandwich bread – multigrain makes great croutons that are even healthier! The bread should be dry and on the verge of being stale – but not moldy. You may want to make this recipe in two batches, depending on the size of the bread used. A typical French Loaf makes about 8 cups.

Put bread cubes in a large bowl and toss with the spices and drizzles of the Fresh Harvest Olive Oil until all the cubes are lightly coated. This could take up to a cup or more of the Olive Oil. Place a SINGLE layer of the cubes on a non-stick cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, tossing 1-2 times while baking.  You want the croutons to be lightly browned and dry, but not too dark.  Adjust your baking time as needed.

Sample variations

Italian StyleUse 3-4 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning, plus any Fresh Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Style – Use a mixture (2 tsp each) of granulated Garlic, Italian Seasoning and Sage, plus Fresh Harvest Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil. You can also use poultry or turkey seasoning instead of spices above.

Garlic – Use 2 tsps. fresh minced garlic (or 3 tsps. Granulated)  plus any Fresh Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil. To make extreme Garlic croutons use Fresh Harvest Garlic or Tuscan Olive Oil.

Smokey & Spicy – Use 1 tsps. Cumin and 2 tsps. Parsley and Garlic, plus Fresh Harvest Cayenne or Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil. You can adjust spices and oils as to your preferences. Our Harissa or Chipotle Olive Oil work well too!

Store in zip lock bags for up to 1 week or freeze for later use! 

Fresh Harvest Premium Olive Oil and Balsamic