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.
- 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)
- Parsley (fresh minced or dried flakes)
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Herbs of your choice
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut bread into cubes. Place bread cubes in mixing bowl.
- 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.
- Drizzle once more with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with seasonings. Mix again and taste. Adjust seasonings as needed.
- 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.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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