Making Croutons

MAKING CROUTONS

Preheat oven to 300° F.

Mix your favorite fresh or dried herbs and spices with 1/4 cup olive oil.

Lightly brush flavored oil on both sides of bread slices.

Stack as many slices as you can cut at one time.

Cut into cubes the size of your choice.

Spread cubes in single layer on large baking sheet.

Bake until cubes are dry and crisp. Time will depend on the size and thickness of cubes, about 45 minutes.

Let cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.

Storage time depends on what you read, most sources say to use them within one week or freeze up to 6 months.

**You can use any kind of bread to make croutons. I have used Italian, French, baguette, potato, rye, wheat (of any kind), multi grain, oat bran, etc. Using several different types of bread gives different flavors to your dish. Try it - you may like it!!