Wednesday, March 28, 2012


one of the biggest wastes of money, in my opinion, is commercially packaged croutons.  when you buy a bag of 'rocks', as my youngest always called them, you're getting like what, 6 slices of bread cut up? stale bread at that! do the math.

whenever salad is on the menu at our house, i'll pick up a loaf of day old bread from the day old rack at the grocery store if i don't have any at home.  i like italian bread best, because of its texture, but i've used all different kinds, rye, pumpernickle, multi grain, toasting bread, even bagels for home made croutons.  they're great on salads but also in soup!

it takes hardly any time to make your own, i cut and season mine and pop them in the oven while i'm making the rest of dinner.  20 minutes or so at 350 and they're done.

one loaf of day old italian bread cost me .59 today and made what you'd get in 3 of those bags that sell for close to $2.00 each.

 slice and cut the bread into small pieces, spray a baking sheet with olive oil (i use a misto sprayer, but you can use the store bought olive oil pam spray too).  arrange your bread on the baking sheet and give the tops a good spray of oil (you can also use a pastry brush with oil if you don't have a spray) sprinkle with whatever seasoning you like, italian herb, rosemary, thyme, garlic,grated pecorino romano cheese,  the possibilities are endless. you can also use different oils like sesame, walnut, and my favorite, black truffle oil.  (black truffle oil and salt on pumpernickle is the bomb!)
 my baking sheet is not dirty, it's well seasoned! :D

after i season, i give them another good spray of oil and toss them into a 350 degree oven until they're golden brown.  you can let them cool or toss 'em right into your salad warm, that's my favorite.


  1. I do this all the time! Cannot believe people actually like those things in the bags. Love it that your son calls them rocks!

  2. I have lots of those seasoned cookie sheets too...We must shop at the same store LOL! I am so blonde, I never thought of making my own croutons, you are right the store bought are tasteless rocks!!


  3. Great tip. Thanks for sharing. I never make them, but maybe I should start to.. :)





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