City and Country Croutons
Servings Prep Time
8people 20minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Servings Prep Time
8people 20minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
Preparation
  1. Lay slices of bread out to dry. You don’t want them to be rock-hard, but you don’t want them to be fresh, either. Aim for dry, and not spongy when pressed with a fingertip.
  2. Grab your kitchen shears. If you don’t have any, a basic pair of scissors works just fine. Be sure to wash them before using them with food.
  3. Cut the crusts off. Aim for rectangles of center-cut bread. Set the crusts aside; you will be using them too!
City Croutons
  1. Prepare your seasoning mix. City croutons are very light and crisp, and would benefit from lighter seasonings. In a small bowl, blend your choice and quantities of seasonings. Some suggestions: garlic powder, cracked pepper, oregano, parsley, finely chopped chives, lemon pepper. This is your chance to show your creativity and individuality.
  2. Cut the crustless pieces of bread into small squares, and place them in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  4. Using 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, lightly oil a cookie or baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over the bread squares and toss them lightly to distribute it.
  6. Sprinkle your seasoning mix over the bread squares and toss lightly once more.
  7. Scatter the bread squares evenly over the pan, making sure they are only one layer deep.
  8. Place the sheet of bread squares in the oven. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, but check often as bread type and moisture content will alter cooking time.
  9. Remove croutons from oven when they are lightly brown and dry to the touch.
Country Croutons
  1. Prepare your seasoning mix. Country croutons, because they are made from bread crusts, are sturdier than city croutons and would benefit from heartier seasonings. In a small bowl, blend your choice and quantities of seasonings. Some suggestions: garlic powder, cracked pepper, paprika, chili powder, dry onion, Cajun mixes and other pre-blended spicy seasonings. If you plan to use the croutons in soup, keep your spices compatible with the soup’s flavors.
  2. Take the bread crusts you set aside earlier, and cut them into small squares.
  3. Follow the instructions for city croutons starting at the third step, heating the oven, through the last step. (The only difference in the recipe is the spice blend and use of the bread crusts)
Recipe Notes