Never underestimate how delicious a homemade crouton is.
It is so worth the little time to make them plus you get to use up your extra bread.
One loaf of Italian bread, French bread, rolls or whatever you have.
I prefer day old or almost stale bread.
Cut into one inch cubes and place in a large mixing bowl.
Drizzle with about 1/2 cup olive oil
Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt
Two teaspoons garlic powder
One teaspoon black pepper
Spread into a baking pan in an even layer.
Do not overlap.
Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for five minutes then turn the croutons over to brown all the sides.
Be careful that they don’t burn.
I have turned my head for a minute and burnt patches of bread.
Wait till they cool and keep in an air tight container.
They will not last long.
You can also change the spices or make your own flavor.
I have used onion powder, pesto, cheese and cinnamon sugar.
I have also made them with melted butter instead of the oil and they were delicious.