Homemade croutons

Never throw away old bread – homemade croutons are simple, addictive and store well. Though they never store for long in my house of crouton snackers.

Ingredients

  • Old bread (old enough to be dry, not old enough to be moldy)
  • Good-quality olive oil
  • Garlic salt (or regular salt and a pinch of garlic powder)

Optional seasonings

  • Parsley (fresh minced or dried flakes)
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Herbs of your choice
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut bread into cubes. Place bread cubes in mixing bowl.
  3. Drizzle olive oil generously over bread cubes and sprinkle lightly with garlic salt and/or optional seasonings. Mix with a spoon, scooping from the bottom of the bowl and turning bread cubes over.
  4. Drizzle once more with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with seasonings. Mix again and taste. Adjust seasonings as needed.
  5. Pour bread cubes out on baking sheet and spread evenly in one layer. Bake for 20-30 minutes (baking time will depend on moistness of bread), until golden and crisp.
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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