Make Your Own Croutons: {Quick & Easy}

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Frugal tip: Don’t toss out your bread once it’s no longer fresh, homemade croutons are yummy! Here’s a quick and easy method to make them along with a herbed recipe at the bottom…

Pieces of Toasted Bread

  • Cut bread into large cubes or break into pieces
  • Crush garlic and mix with olive oil, brush on cubes (or put cubes in a bowl and toss with oil until evenly coated)
  • Brown in oven at 400° F. Watch till they are golden brown, then remove from oven.

More Toppings To Try:

  • Parmesan cheese (!)
  • Dry parsley
  • Dry ranch dressing mix
  • Onion salt
  • Oregano
  • Dill

You can also use melted butter rather than olive oil.

Get crazy: Any bread will do and buns too! Use up hot dog buns, french & italian breads, even the pumpernickel will work.

Herb & Garlic Version:


3 cups dried bread cubes (about 1/2″ cubes)
3 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 TBS butter
2 to 3 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tsp chopped parsley (fresh)
1 tsp chopped chives (fresh)
1 tsp chopped tarragon (fresh)


  • In a large skillet heat the butter and oil (medium/high heat).
  • Toss in the bread cubes and cook, stirring frequently for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium/low and add the fresh garlic and herbs.
  • Cook for another 20 minutes, stirring and tossing frequently.
  • Remove from heat and cool. Store in an airtight container.

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One Comment to “Make Your Own Croutons: {Quick & Easy}”
  1. soft_flame says:

    You won’t believe this.
    I couldn’t sleep, and was wondering about what to do with my leftover bread when this same idea struck my mind.

    Now an hour later, I come online to find this same tip. 🙂

    Happy holidays, by the way.

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