The store brand: Rothbury Farms Croutons - Seasoned - Italian Style
Half loaf semi-stale bread
2 tbsp evoo
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 375.
Cube your bread up to whatever size croutons you prefer. Mine are fairly large - probably 1" cubes.
Put all the bread cubes in a ziplock bag and sprinkle the herbs cheese and evoo. Close up the bag and shake away! You can choose whatever combo of herbs you like.
Spread the cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake at 375 for 20 mins or until bread is toasty, brown, and dry. Leave them open to air overnight before packaging up to ensure they are completely dry - nobody likes a soggy breadcrumb!
These were DELICIOUS. Super crispy and the herbs were great - the parmesan cheese is definitely a winner. I like my croutons a little larger and the little store cubes just can't stand up to these. The store brand was also SALTY. In just a few cubes, you get 4% your daily sodium intake. Ouch.
Mine are on the left:
The cost? Now, I usually use a loaf of stale bread that is about to go to waste, but I used the full store price for the bread here. Store bought croutons are essentially really expensive stale bread. To make your own costs less than half the store bought, and you get to use up some unappetizing bread.
|Rothbury Farms - Italian Seasoned||6 oz (1.5 cups)||$ 1.99||$ 1.33|
|Homemade||3 cups||$ 1.95||$ 0.65|
Bake or Buy? BAKE!