This easy to create recipe has endless variations depending on the spice mixture used to coat the croutons. They store wonderfully in the fridge or freezer. Plus there is NO high fructose corn syrup, salt, or hydrogenated oils!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the bread into crouton sized cubes. Some folks prefer to take the bread crust off, personally I like to leave it on. You can use day old French Bread, or even sandwich bread – multigrain makes great croutons that are even healthier! The bread should be dry and on the verge of being stale – but not moldy. You may want to make this recipe in two batches, depending on the size of the bread used. A typical French Loaf makes about 8 cups.
Put bread cubes in a large bowl and toss with the spices and drizzles of the Fresh Harvest Olive Oil until all the cubes are lightly coated. This could take up to a cup or more of the Olive Oil. Place a SINGLE layer of the cubes on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, tossing 1-2 times while baking. You want the croutons to be lightly browned and dry, but not too dark. Adjust your baking time as needed.
Smokey & Spicy – Use 1 tsps. Cumin and 2 tsps. Parsley and Garlic, plus Fresh Harvest Cayenne or Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil. You can adjust spices and oils as to your preferences. Our Harissa or Chipotle Olive Oil work well too!
Store in zip lock bags for up to 1 week or freeze for later use!