Homemade Sourdough Croutons combine crusty, sourdough bread with extra-virgin olive oil and plenty of seasonings. These toasty, salty croutons are the best thing since sliced bread!
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Homemade Crunchy Croutons
If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you’ll know that I love 1) salads of all kinds and 2) sourdough bread. Combining the two of these is pure heaven.
Making homemade croutons is NOT DIFFICULT. I promise that after this quick tutorial, you’ll be using your leftover sourdough bread (or regular bread too) to make the best croutons in no time.
Why This Recipe Works:
- SIMPLE INGREDIENTS – These are quick and use just seven ingredients (and five of them are seasonings)!
- ECONOMICAL – The best way to use up leftover bread and reduce food waste.
- FRESH – Croutons from a box are just ok. Fresh croutons are EXCELLENT and these are a great way to impress your friends!
- TASTY – There are many adjectives to describe these little bites of heaven – crunchy, salty, a little bit spicy, buttery, and JUST delicious! This recipe is a delicious way to bring new life to your sourdough recipes.
What You’ll Need:
With just a few basic ingredients, you can make your own homemade sourdough croutons.
- Sourdough Bread – Use any stale sourdough bread – that old bread that’s been sitting on your countertop for too long. But guess what? You can use fresh bread too. Both work really well in this recipe.
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – Use the good stuff.
- Seasonings – A combo of garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper.
How to Make Sourdough Croutons:
Prep. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add some parchment paper to a sheet pan.
Prep bread. Use a serrated knife to slice sourdough bread into small 1/2 inch cubes.
Combine oil and seasonings. Add the seasonings to the olive oil and use a fork to whisk well.
Add oil to bread. Drizzle the oil and seasonings over the sourdough bread cubes and use a large spoon or your hands (even better) to massage it into the bread, coating well.
Add to pan. Pour the bread on the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly in a single layer to all sides of the pan.
Bake. Bake the bread for about 15-20 minutes, or until toasty and golden brown. Shake pan about midway through the baking process.
Serve. Add the croutons to creamy soups or your favorite salads!
STORE leftover croutons in an airtight container or a ziplock bag. These stay fresh for a day or two.
Recipe Variations for this Sourdough Crouton Recipe:
- Add some parmesan cheese to the croutons after they come out of the oven. So good!
- Use different spices like Italian Seasoning in place of one or two of the listed seasonings.
- Turn these croutons into bread crumbs by using a rolling pin and grinding up the baked croutons into crumbs.
Sourdough Bread to use for Croutons:
If you are into making homemade sourdough bread, I’ve got several for you to try from. Note that this recipe works with store-bought bread as well but the type of bread matters. Always purchase a loaf of bread that has a crusty exterior – not sandwich bread.
What to Serve Sourdough Croutons with:
Enjoy your favorite salad recipes or your favorite soups with these flavorful croutons.
Absolutely not! Use any leftover, crusty bread that’s either stale or fresh. You could even use a whole wheat bread.
Leftover croutons are best eaten fresh, but they will store fine on your countertop for several days. You can also “refresh” them by toasting them in the oven for a few minutes. I don’t recommend refrigerating or freezing because they will get soggy.
We love these homemade croutons on any salad or creamy soup. They are also pretty tasty as a snack.
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Homemade Sourdough Croutons
- 8 ounces sourdough bread – or about 4 cups, cubed
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add some parchment paper to a sheet pan.
- Prep bread. Use a serrated knife to slice sourdough bread into small 1/2 inch cubes.
- Combine oil and seasonings. Add the seasonings to the olive oil and use a fork to whisk well.
- Add oil to bread. Drizzle the oil and seasonings over the sourdough bread cubes and use a large spoon or your hands (even better) to massage it into the bread, coating well.
- Add to pan. Pour the bread on the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly in a single layer to all sides of the pan.
- Bake. Bake the bread for about 15-20 minutes, or until toasty and golden brown. Shake pan about midway through the baking process.
- Serve. Add the croutons to creamy soups or your favorite salads!