Now that summer is here our family has been eating a lot more salads than usual. Honestly we can’t seem to keep enough salad foods in the kitchen, and I keep having to make a run to the store to pick up more. One thing I do not have to buy, however is croutons because we prefer to make them ourselves. I thought you might like to know how to make homemade croutons so here you go.
My family never runs out of sourdough bread. I make this sourdough bread recipe at least two or three times a week, sometimes adding garlic salt and shredded cheese to the recipe as well. I like to keep this bread cooked at all times because we will not only use it for sandwiches for lunch during the day, but we will also warm it up in the toaster oven and eat it with supper. It is so versatile.
Once the bread loaf reaches the end of its shelf life (it lasts longer if stored in the fridge) I like to slice it and cut it into one inch cubes for croutons. If you have never had fresh baked sourdough croutons on your salad, then you are missing out. I actually miss out a lot anyway because my girls sneak them all day long. They will snack on them until they are gone if I let them. Then there are none left over for a salad. The struggle is real y’all.
Do you have sourdough bread that you would like to make croutons with? It is the easiest thing in the world to do. It doesn’t have to be sourdough bread that you use. You can use any kind of rustic type bread, even if it is store-bought. But if you know me, then you already know that we don’t do much store-bought bread around here.
How To Make Homemade Croutons
- Cut your leftover sourdough bread into crouton size pieces and place into a large mixing bowl.
- Melt a half stick of real butter and season with your favorite seasonings. I prefer garlic salt and sometimes Italian seasonings.
- Stir the seasoning into the butter and then pour the mixture evenly over the top of your bread.
- Stir with a fork or spoon trying to get each piece of bread evenly coated.
- Spread into a single layer on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with parmesan cheese (if desired).
- Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes. Let them cool before eating.
The croutons will continue to harden as they cool so be sure you don’t cook them too long. Otherwise you may break your teeth trying to eat them. I also highly suggest that you hide them from your kids. I store them in a ziplock back in the fridge, hidden behind the milk so they can’t see them. I’m not even kidding.
Many of you have seen my farmhouse dishes and have asked me where I bought them. I actually found them in Canton, TX at the First Monday Trade Days Flea Market last year. They were $10 per box for a set of six bowls, because I found them at the bargain clearance tent. I bought two boxes! We have searched EVERYWHERE for plates that match, but so far no luck. I have, however found these amazing farmhouse style dishes that I love on Amazon, and I’m pretty sure that I am going to be buying a new set very soon. Take a look at the ones I love on Amazon!