Recipe by BeachGirl
Never throw away dried-out, stale (not molded)bread again! Turn it into delicious croutons to use for salads and low-fat tasty snacks. These cubes can be used in your "stuffing" recipes. BONUS: After the croutons are toasted, save the left-over toasted bread crumbs in the bottom of the baking pan - they are better than store-bought seasoned bread crumbs.
- 1 lb bread, slices
- nonstick cooking spray
- 2 teaspoons garlic salt (can add more, if you like)
- 1 teaspoon basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 teaspoon onion salt
Directions See How It's Made
- Note: You can use any kind of bread (fresh or stale) to make croutons: hamburger or hot dog buns, Italian or French, Multi-grain, Sourdough or dinner rolls.
- A great way to use up stale bread.
- Just be SURE it doesn't have any MOLD on it.
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
- Spray two large baking sheets (with sides) with non-stick cooking spray.
- Using serrated knife, cut bread into small or medium cubes.
- You can stack several slices and cut them all at one time.
- Spread bread cubes evenly on the baking sheets.
- Spray them generously with non-stick cooking spray.
- Sprinkle the seasonings evenly over the bread cubes.
- Spray cubes again with non-stick cooking spray.
- Taste a bread cube and add more seasonings to taste.
- They should taste very seasoned, as the seasonings mellow somewhat when cooked.
- Bake about 45 minutes.
- Stir, and continue baking for another 15-60 minutes, stirring occasionally until cubes are lightly browned, dry and crunchy.
- Baking time will depend upon the size of cubes and freshness of bread.
- Watch during last 30 minutes of cooking, as they can get browned very quickly during the end of cooking time.
- Turn oven OFF and let them sit in the oven for another 30 minutes to dry out completely.
- Store in gallon sealable plastic bags.
- Save some and store at room temperature for use within 2 weeks and freeze the rest for up to 4 months.
- Note: If you do not get them completely dry, they will mold if left at room temperature very long.