You’ll Never Want Store Bought Croutons Again!
People get all worked up about carbs and how they are somehow evil, but I believe in eating from all the food groups in good balance. And Pepé, well he’s French, so of course he likes his bread. He would sleep on a mattress made of bread if I let him. I have never been a huge fan of croutons and will most likely pick them out of most salads because I don’t like when you try to put your fork in one and they shatter. I started making my own croutons because I ran out of the store bought kind and my hubby does like croutons in his salad. I happened to have a big rustic loaf of roasted garlic bread, so I made my own. I have never bought another package of croutons from the store again. You will find these croutons in my Caesar salad as well as my Panzanella salad recipe. My hubby also likes to snack on them, so I always make a few extra. I already had plans to post this recipe when my niece, Jenny, text me and asked if she could have the recipe. She promised to keep it secret. I had to laugh and tell her that it would be a strange food blog if my recipes were a secret. These are the simplest things to make and you will never want to eat store bought croutons again.
Get a loaf of roasted garlic bread from the bakery at your grocery store. It will look like a big rustic loaf of bread that has not been sliced.
Slice into 3/4” slices (a little less than one piece per person).
Cut the slices into cubes.
Put in a bowl and toss with a light coating of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put on a cookie sheet and bake at 425° for about 6-8 minutes.
Check to see if the outside is starting to get crisp. Don’t let them get brown. Just slightly brown. You want them slightly crispy on the outside and still soft on the inside. If adding them to a salad, don’t add them until you are ready to eat or they will get soggy.