Homemade Croutons


What to do with stale bread? Or bread that is about to go stale and getting hard? I recycle my homemade bread into croutons. If you have no homemade bread lying around, use the best quality bakery bread you can get.


  • Almost stale bread
  • Olive oil
  • One garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Oregano, to taste

Cut your almost stale bread into cubes. Put it on a plate on the counter to dry out for a day or two. Take a ceramic baking dish or a cookie sheet. Rub each bread cube with the garlic. Coat the bread cubes with a layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and oregano (or your favorite dried herb). Throw in the remainder of the garlic, and bake for about 20-30 minutes.

Even my kids like these. Maybe you could eat them while watching the Super Bowl?

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  • Another Use for Old Bread:
    Classic Italian Bread Salad

    cut stale bread into cubes and toast on a cookie sheet, let cool (about 2 cups)
    cut up tomatoes into cubes (about 2 cups)
    cut up one small onion
    garlic to taste
    salt & pepper
    basil (fresh is best, about 1/4 c or tsp dried)

    Mix all together with olive oil and red wine or balsamic vinegar. Eat after chilled or serve at room temperature (I like it this way). I play around with the bread to tomato ratio, as well as the herbs. Parsley is good too. I cook in a very loose way, using more or less of whatever is available or in my fridge!

  • Because of the tomatoes (and the basil), I will wait until summer to try this version. I only eat tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market or my garden; I can’t do those plastic red things they call tomatoes in the store.

  • Yes, this is a great summer recipe. My father in law grows incredible tomatoes and basil so this salad is great with the garden fresh stuff.

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