I just love having a crunchy crouton on top of my salad. It adds to the texture of the salad and gives it a punch of bold flavor. I also wanted to create a crouton recipe so I could make a delicious stuffing for this holiday season. Oh my goodness wait until you try that recipe, best stuffing I have ever had! But first we have to create these little croutons.
Croutons are really simple to make and when you have a really great loaf of “real” sourdough bread (“real” sourdough breads do not have yeast in the ingredients) that you just can’t finish before it starts to get stale, save the bread and make these croutons. Seek out your local bread bakeries because many of them have authentic sourdough. Be cautious of sourdough in grocery stores. They claim they are sourdough but they are not. If they have yeast in them, then they are not a true sourdough.
A true sourdough loaf is made with a sourdough starter which is wild yeast. Wild yeast is very different then yeast found in the breads in the grocery store. You can learn how to make your own sourdough starter in this post I did a little while back. You can also easily make your own sourdough bread. Learn how to make your own sourdough bread from this post.
If you plan on making your own sourdough bread to make these delicious croutons, my recipe is for spelt sourdough bread so your croutons will be a bit denser, but still very delicious. One more thing…I wrote an article earlier this year, A Healthy Bread That is Good For You, explaining why sourdough bread is a better choice when choosing a healthier bread. A very good read! Now lets get to this delicious recipe!
- 7 large pieces of cubed day old sourdough bread (If gluten free, use gluten free bread)
- 3 tbsp grass fed butter, melted
- ½ tsp unrefined garlic salt
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 300 F.
- If using fresh bread, cut the bread into cubes and leave on the counter top for a day so it gets stale and a bit hard.
- Place day old bread cubes into a bowl.
- Place the melted butter in a small bowl and add in the garlic salt and Italian seasoning and stir well.
- Pour over the bread cubes and toss well so that the bread gets evenly coated.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and toss bread cubes until they are all evenly coated.
- Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, turning them over at the 15 minute mark.
- Allow to cool and store in an air tight container.