Extend the life of your old and almost or already stale bread by making homemade croutons. This easy recipe can be made in the oven or the stove-top.
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Toss the bread squares in the olive oil and spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add dried herbs or fresh garlic or parmesan cheese, if using, and toss to combine with the bread. Parchment is optional if your baking sheet doesn't have an issue with food sticking. Sprinkle the bread with a pinch of salt.
Bake until the bread is crispy, or about 15 minutes. If using fresh herbs, add after making and toss with the croutons.
Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium high heat. Add the bread squares and mix with the oil until lightly coated. If using dried herbs or garlic, add to the skillet and mix to combine with the bread. Spread the croutons into a single layer in the skillet.
Once the croutons start to brown, flip to brown on the other side. Once browned on both sides, remove from heat and allow to cool. If using parmesan or fresh herbs, add and toss with the croutons after turning off the heat.
Recipe by Live Simply | https://livesimply.me/easy-homemade-croutons/