How many of you go out and buy croutons and pay $3-$4 for a package that lasts two salads? If you said yes then I have a money saver for you. I never go and buy my croutons but make them myself and it is so easy. I usually put my bread in the refrigerator and save it there before I make my croutons. I never go out and buy bread for croutons but save old end pieces from breads for a few weeks and after I have about 6 cups of bread I make it into croutons and store them in plastic containers in my pantry. You can even put them in a mixer to make your own bread crumbs if you like.
You can make your croutons any flavor you want, you can add garlic salt, paprika, Italian seasoning, dried parsley or any other spice. Much easier than you think.
Preheat oven to 400F
I make this recipe when I have about 6 cups of bread that I have cut into 1 inch cubes. If you have less or more just use more or less of the spices.
Put all the bread in a bowl.
Add about ½ cup of olive oil
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Garlic or Garlic Salt
2 tsp Italian Seasoning or any seasoning that you like
Mix it all together and taste for flavor.
Then put it on your cookies sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. After 10 minutes mix the croutons around so they get evenly brown.
Enjoy the croutons on your salad, in your soup, or even as a snack!