Oven Baked Seasoned Homemade Croutons

October 18, 2021

How about preparing crispy and delicious Croutons with your stale bread? It only takes 10 minutes to make these spicy homemade croutons!

It is very easy to make croutons that add crunch and flavor to soups and salads. You can customize the croutons recipe according to your own taste. You can prepare plain or spicy croutons in the oven or on the stove.

A great recipe to use your stale bread! You can consume this Baked Spicy Croutons recipe in salads, soups or as a snack. If you haven't tried making crispy and golden croutons before, try this homemade croutons recipe now. Bon Appetit.

Homemade CroutonsPhoto By Canva
Taste Score: %95
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 15 mins

Tips

  • For the best croutons, use white bread or french baguettes. If you wish, you can use sourdough bread, whole grain bread or brioche.
  • If using fresh bread, crumble it. As fresh bread is delicate, gently break it into pieces by hand.
  • If using stale bread, slice it. Make sure the bread is at least 1 day old.
  • Fresh bread bakes later than stale bread. Therefore, check the oven from time to time while the breads are baking.
  • About 8 cups of bread cubes are obtained in a loaf of bread. ¼ of a loaf of bread will be enough for this recipe.
  • If the bread cubes are not crunchy enough, spread them on a baking sheet and leave in a warm oven at 200 °F for 10 minutes.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  2. Cut the bread into equal cubes ¾ inch wide. Put 2 cups of bread cubes on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  3. Mix salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. You can add other spices if you wish.
  4. Then drizzle olive oil over the bread on the baking tray. Toss all the bread cubes with the oil. Sprinkle the spice mix over the bread. Then gently mix the breads again.
  5. Spread the croutons on the tray. Bake for 10 minutes or until the breads are golden brown and crispy.
  6. Take the croutons out of the oven. Let it cool down. Then season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  7. You can consume it 1-2 hours after cooking. You can store it in a sealed bag for later use if you wish.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Homemade Croutons
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.8 g21.5%
Protein 0.1 g0.2%
Sodium 493 mg21.4%
Potassium 11 mg0.2%
Potassium 11 mg0.2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Croutons?

Croutons are pieces of toasted bread. It can be prepared plain or spicy. These crispy bread cubes can be made in the oven or in the pan. It is used in soups or salads. It is also served as a side dish. It also adds crunch to sautéed mushroom and chicken dishes.

Pieces of crouton bread can be prepared with different types of bread. White bread, sourdough bread, brioche or baguette can be used. Bread can be fresh or stale. However, fresh bread may take longer to cook. Usually oils such as olive oil, butter or mayonnaise are used. Spices such as garlic powder, dried basil or cheeses such as parmesan and cheddar can be used in crouton recipes.

What Kind of Bread Is Best for Croutons?

Any bread can be used to make croutons. It can preferably be made with fresh or stale bread. However, croutons are perfect for using stale breads.

Bread types such as white bread, sourdough bread, rye bread, brioche or baguette can be used to make croutons. Cornbread or sandwich bread can also be used.

How to Make Croutons in a Pan?

It is very easy to make croutons in the pan. First, slice a loaf of bread into ¾ inch cubes. Melt the butter in a large wok over medium heat. Add the croutons to the pan. Mix the bread with the butter. Saute the croutons until one side turns brown. Then turn the croutons over and fry on both sides. Remove from the oven when the bread gets browned. Leave to cool on a baking tray. Add it to your meals after a few hours. If you want to store it, place them in an airtight container and store in the freezer after the croutons have completely cooled. When you want to use it, heat it in the oven or pan for a few minutes.

How to Serve Croutons?

Croutons are great for soup and salad recipes. They add crunch to creamy soups. However, it can be used to make omelets or fish dishes. It is also preferred as a thickener in meatballs, potato or pasta recipes.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Croutons:

How to Store Homemade Croutons?

To store homemade croutons, they must be completely cooled. It can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in a freezer bag. It can also be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

In order for the croutons to stay fresh, the storage bag or container must be completely deaerated. Also, dividing the croutons into portions helps keep them fresh longer. Homemade croutons can be stored for up to 2 weeks. They can be frozen for up to 4-6 weeks.

Can Croutons Be Refrigerated? Homemade croutons can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. If you have prepared croutons with fresh seasoning or cheese, they should be stored in the refrigerator. It can deteriorate at room temperature. However, storing them in the refrigerator reduces the crispness of the croutons. After removing the croutons from the refrigerator, place them in the oven at 300 °F for a few minutes before serving. Ready-made croutons should not be stored in the refrigerator. This reduces the shelf life of the product. It causes moistening of the croutons.

Can Croutons Be Frozen? Homemade croutons are great for freezing. They stay fresh for up to six weeks. However, if you have used spices such as curry powder and sage to make the croutons, keeping them in the freezer is not recommended. These spices can become bitter when frozen. Allow the homemade croutons to cool completely before placing them in a container for freezing. You can store it in the freezer bag. Press all the air out of the bag. Cut the croutons into pieces before freezing. So you can store it more easily.

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