Blog Categories
Search Blog
Subscribe to our blog

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

« Win Cool Grill Tools! | Main | American Deli Dinner »

How to Make Croutons

By Zoe McLaughlin

Have day-old bread and don’t know what to do with it? This recipe shows you how easy it is to make homemade croutons. Croutons only take a few minutes to make and can be used for a variety of dishes. The most classic is for Caesar Salad but croutons are a great addition to many soups, as well as tossed greens.

Depending on how you plan to use the croutons, cut them to the size you need. Small croutons are great on soups such as gazpacho, a cold refreshing summer soup. They add a nice, crunchy texture.

Larger croutons, as demonstrated below, are great to use in chunky salads including panzanella, which is a traditional Italian bread salad with fresh summer vegetables. You can also add a variety of seasonings to the croutons as they cook, such as smoked paprika, Herbes de Provence or even minced garlic.

To get the recipe and shopping list on your smartphone (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android device) or PC, click here.

Homemade Croutons
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 of a day-old baguette, cut in 1- to 1-1/2 -inch cubes

  1. Heat a sauté pan with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add cubed bread and toast about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  2. Once the bread is golden on all sides, transfer to a sheet pan or large plate to cool. Makes about 2 cups.


  • You can store croutons for a few days in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag.
  • These croutons are for rustic salads; make smaller cubes for soups and more delicate salads. Smaller cubes will cook faster.

Special Fork is a recipe website for your smartphone and PC that solves the daily dinnertime dilemma: what to cook now! Our bloggers blog Monday through Friday to give you cooking inspiration. Check out our recipe database for quick ideas that take no more than 30 minutes of prep time. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Related posts:
  1. Panzanella, a Salad to Celebrate Summer
  2. Easy Fish Tacos to Celebrate Summer
  3. Poached Shrimp with Aioli
  4. Happy Holidays from Special Fork
  5. Pizza Pronto!

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>