I don't much care for the store bought croutons. They are to salty in my opinion, and expensive. So when I found this simple recipe from Amy Loves It about making your own croutons, I just had to try it.
Instead of buying a loaf of bread from the store, I just used leftover slices of bread and the heels of some loafs. I'm not into eating the heels of bread, so this was the perfect thing to not let unused bread go to waste.
I started by cutting the bread into crouton sized pieces and throwing them into a big bowl. I melted some butter and tossed the bread pieces together. After the butter had well coated my soon to be croutons, I seasoned them with salt, basil, oregano, and garlic powder and tossed it all together again.
I spread all of my croutons out on a parchment lined cookie sheet and baked them in the oven at 375 for 20 minutes. After about 10 minutes of baking, my house smelled like an Italian Kitchen. I have to admit, I purposefully walked back and forth from my bedroom to the kitchen a few times just to get the first whiff. It was incredible.
It was hard to resist munching on a few as they cooled down. They tasted so good. Not super crunchy, just the perfect amount of crunchiness. And the flavor was beautiful, and definitely not to salty! After my croutons had cooled I stored them into a labeled (cuz I'm OCD like that) ziploc bag and reserved about 1/3 for a smaller labeled ziploc bag for my parents.
These are super yummy and super easy and definitely worth doing on my own. :)
Heels, buns, and bread- cut into crouton sized pieces
4 TB melted butter, or maybe a bit more depending on how many bread crumbs you have
Sprinkle of Salt
1/4 tsp or more of Oregano
1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder, or more
1/4 tsp of Basil, or more
Heat Oven to 375 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mix bread and butter in a bowl. Sprinkle with herbs and salt, mix well. Spread out onto the parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes or longer until golden brown and crunchy. Allow to cool and store in a ziploc bag :)