What is a salad without croutons? Well, it’s a little healthier and less carby but that’s no fun! And sure, you probably have a bag or box somewhere in your pantry full of them right? But have you ever made your own? I’m hear to tell you, store bought vs. homemade, no comparison. Warm homemade croutons pack tons of good flavor, turn out crisp but still melt in your mouth, and are simple to make. Once you try it, you’ll never go back.
All you need is a few slices of sourdough bread, butter, garlic, olive oil and dried herbs. Toss it all together, bake, and bam! Your salad just went up a few levels in awesome.
Honestly, I haven’t bought croutons in years. I usually make salads so hearty and packed full of other ingredients, there’s no room for them. But every once in a while, I’ll make a side salad or something simpler like chicken caesar salad that absolutely requires croutons. Like many recipes on my blog, this creation stemmed from the lack of desire to drive 20 minutes to the nearest grocery store for one item. So often, I dive into my pantry in search of the next best thing. In this case, the next best thing turned out to be the next better thing. These little nuggets of awesome came together so easily, I had to share!
I hope you try making your own croutons sometime. As minuscule as this ingredient is, it’s a real game changer to make your own.
- 3 slices sourdough bread
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Cut bread slices into 1 inch squares.
- In a bowl, mix butter, oil, garlic, and herbs.
- Add bread and gently toss.
- Lay out bread on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 6-7 minutes.
- Remove and flip bread squares.
- Bake for another 6-7 minutes until the bread is golden brown.