Most kids, and some adults, don’t like bread heels or crusts unless the bread is homemade. When I was younger, my mom would save these parts of the loaf in a big ziplock bag in the freezer. When the bag got full, we’d defrost the bread scraps and make croutons.
Recently my husband was complaining about store bought croutons being so hard… his favorite are the restaurant kind that are soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. So, I decided to save bread heels for a while and make him some real croutons. He loved them and that made me really happy, because they’re easy to make and they use up something we’d normally throw away or put in the compost.
Ready to learn how to make croutons from scrap bread?
Homemade Crouton Recipe
Crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside, or crunchy all the way through…. it all depends on how long you toast them!
- stale or leftover bread
- garlic powder
- dried parsley
- Cut bread into cubes.
- Melt butter and stir in seasonings.
- Toss bread with the butter mixture.
- Put the buttered bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet with sides, or a cake pan. Bake at 450 degrees on the broil setting for about 20 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes to make sure they don’t burn. You can turn the oven down and bake longer, till the croutons are very dry and crunchy all the way through if you like them that way, but we like ours more like garlic bread… crispy outside and chewy inside!
Snacks, Salad Toppings and Soup Garnishes, Oh, My!
Oh course we all think of salad when we hear the word croutons, but these tasty little cubes are delicious as snacks and also make great cracker replacements for soup! Try them instead of crackers in my Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup!
What do you do with your bread scraps?
I asked this question on my Facebook page and most of my friends said they use their stale bread or ends to make french toast, or to feed the chickens. Here are 13 more ways to use leftover bread! I’d love to know how you use your leftover bread!