How to Make Croutons

Updated on March 16, 2016

Delicious Homemade Croutons

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You can make delicious croutons at home!Croutons make salads more appealing.
You can make delicious croutons at home!
You can make delicious croutons at home!
Croutons make salads more appealing.
Croutons make salads more appealing.

Croutons are delicious in soups and salads, but did you know that you can make croutons at home?

Homemade croutons usually taste much better than packaged store kinds and they are easy to make using ingredients you probably already have.

You will need bread, butter, cheese, and some seasoning and spices. Making croutons at home isn't much more difficult than making toast.

So grab some bread and gather some spices and get ready to make a yummy, crunchy treat with these simple and easy to follow crouton making instructions.

Homemade Croutons Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 1 big bowl of croutons
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Ingredients for the croutonsSeasonings and spices needed for homemade croutons.
Ingredients for the croutons
Ingredients for the croutons
Seasonings and spices needed for homemade croutons.
Seasonings and spices needed for homemade croutons.

Ingredients*

  • bread
  • 1 lb (2 cups) butter, (or margarine)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, (optional)
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt, (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper, (optional)
  • 1 tsp paprika, (optional)

*The amount of each spice and seasoning you will need will vary according to how much bread you are using. The amounts listed are for one regular sized loaf of french bread. Basically, you will need enough butter to coat all the bread pieces and enough seasoning for flavoring. Adjust the spice and seasoning amounts to taste.

  • Any other spices and seasoning you may want can be added. You can also leave out any of the seasonings you don't want as well. The only necessary ingredient is the butter.
  • Types of cheese other than Parmesan can be used instead. You will just want to make sure that whatever kind you use is finely grated.
  • Just about any type of bread will work for croutons. It doesn't have to be bakery style bread either. Regular sandwich bread can also make great croutons.
  • Making croutons is a way to extend the life of bread that would otherwise be thrown out or get too old to eat.

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Cut the bread into small pieces.The amount of croutons made from 1 loaf of bread.Put the butter in a microwave safe container.Melt the butter.Add the seasoning to the melted butter.Add the cheese.Mix the seasoning using a whisk.Pour the seasoned butter over the croutons and mix it so that all the bread pieces are coated.Spread the bread pieces out on a baking sheet.Bake for about 30 minutes.Flip the pieces about halfway through.Take out the croutons when they are crispy and browned.
Cut the bread into small pieces.
Cut the bread into small pieces.
The amount of croutons made from 1 loaf of bread.
The amount of croutons made from 1 loaf of bread.
Put the butter in a microwave safe container.
Put the butter in a microwave safe container.
Melt the butter.
Melt the butter.
Add the seasoning to the melted butter.
Add the seasoning to the melted butter.
Add the cheese.
Add the cheese.
Mix the seasoning using a whisk.
Mix the seasoning using a whisk.
Pour the seasoned butter over the croutons and mix it so that all the bread pieces are coated.
Pour the seasoned butter over the croutons and mix it so that all the bread pieces are coated.
Spread the bread pieces out on a baking sheet.
Spread the bread pieces out on a baking sheet.
Bake for about 30 minutes.
Bake for about 30 minutes.
Flip the pieces about halfway through.
Flip the pieces about halfway through.
Take out the croutons when they are crispy and browned.
Take out the croutons when they are crispy and browned.

Longer Lasting Croutons

For croutons that last longer, make sure the middle of the pieces is good and crispy. If they are soft in the middle, they will get stale quicker.

Instructions

  1. Slice the bread into pieces about one square inch or whatever size you want the croutons to be. Typically croutons are bite sized.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave for a minute or two. Or you can melt the butter in a pan on the stove.
  3. Mix the spices, salt, pepper, and Parmesan into the butter. There isn't a precise amount needed. Add according to your taste preference. Approximately 1 teaspoon each of the spices and a 1/2 cup of the Parmesan.
  4. Pour the butter mixture over the bread pieces.
  5. Using your hands or a big spoon, mix the bread pieces until they are all thoroughly coated with the butter mixture. Add more butter and seasonings if you still have bread pieces that are dry.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
  7. Spread the bread pieces out on the baking sheet. If you have a lot, you may need more than one baking sheet.
  8. Bake the pieces for approximately 10-15 minutes. Take them out of the oven and flip them with a spatula or other utensil so one side doesn't get burnt or stuck to the pan.
  9. Put them back in the oven for about 10-15 more minutes (30 minutes total bake time). Take them out when they are golden brown and crispy.
  10. Let them cool and then sprinkle them on a salad or soup for a delicious topping.

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Crouton make a great salad topper for added crunch.Crunchy crouton pieceSmall pieces of crunchy toastThe croutons make the salad look much tastier.
Crouton make a great salad topper for added crunch.
Crouton make a great salad topper for added crunch.
Crunchy crouton piece
Crunchy crouton piece
Small pieces of crunchy toast
Small pieces of crunchy toast
The croutons make the salad look much tastier.
The croutons make the salad look much tastier.

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      • Thelma Alberts profile image

        Thelma Alberts 

        15 months ago from Germany

        My mouth is watering after seeing the croutons in the salad. I would love to try this selfmade croutons. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Great recipe for homemade croutons. I'm going to give this a go real soon! Voted up for useful!

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        LeonJane - Thanks! They are really delicious. The dark bread is pumpernickel. It makes great croutons.

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        LeonJane 

        6 years ago from Australia

        These look like supercharged croutons! Nice one, I usually toast some white bread slices and cut them up into cubes. I like the look of your Rye bread ones (if that is rye bread?)

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        aivzdog - Salads can be delicious with the right toppings. Thanks!

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        aivzdog 

        6 years ago

        Yum, now i want a salad.

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