I love having fresh bread to go with meals or in sandwiches. Being on your own means it takes a LOT longer to finish a whole loaf. So I often find myself faced with the agonizing decision of what to do with the whole loaf before it changes into a multicolored piece of art.
Recently I made a homemade lobster dip (stay tuned for that recipe). We had just gotten back from visiting my parents in Boston and felt it was completely necessary to bring a cooler of seafood back to landlocked Tennessee. I sliced up a sourdough loaf to go with the dip, but there was no way I was going to be able to use the whole loaf. So today, the rest of the loaf was rescued from the horrible fate of the garbage can. Instead, it was transformed into croutons! (in under 15 minutes too!)]
Quick and Easy Croutons
- day old french bread or sourdough
- olive oil
- sea salt
- black pepper
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut up the bread into small pieces and place in a large bowl.
- Drizzle the bread with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper (and optional red pepper flakes).
- Spread the oiled and seasoned bread onto a cookie sheet in one layer. Place into oven.
- Bake in oven about 10-15 minutes or until golden. About half way through flip the croutons once with a spatula.