Homemade Croutons

I love croutons, but I hate the fact that most of the ones you buy are hard as a rock.  So, one day I decided to wing it and try my own.  Huge success–very easy and yummy.  My favorite kind of recipe!

What you need:

3 pieces of bread (you can use white or wheat)

1 tsp. Mrs. Dash garlic and herb

½ tsp salt

1-2 tbsp olive oil

Black Pepper, optional

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Using a bread knife (or other serrated knife), cut bread into 1 inch squares.
  3. Spread bread pieces into baking pan, in a single layer.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle on Mrs. Dash, Salt, and pepper if desired.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes, stir around with spatula.  Bake an additional 3-5 minutes.  Watch them closely, as they burn easily.

Note:  If you happen to like the hard-as-a-rock croutons, decrease baking temperature to about 350 and increase baking time to about 15-20 minutes.

Now, add them to a yummy breaded chicken salad:

(Also check out:   Tasty Tuesday, Delicious Dish, and For the Momma’s)


  1. says

    These look SO good! I’ve never made my own before, and I bet they’re WAY better than store bought!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Delicious Dish Tuesday! I’m featuring this recipe as my favorite this week! Come back tonight to see it featured and add another delicious recipe to this week’s linky!!

    • Crystal says

      Oh, wow…thanks so much! Yes, they are so much better than storebought! I actually tried it on a whim once because I was baking breaded chicken anyway, and decided to throw them in there and see what happened. It was a huge success! It doesn’t really pay for our family to purchase croutons because (1) we don’t like them as well, and (2) our salad eating is somewhat sporadic so they would be wasted. This way, I just make them as needed, or I can make in batches and freeze them.

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