At any given moment, I have a few almost-empty bags of bread in my fridge. I don’t like to throw out the heels, but I don’t like to eat them either. So, I store them in a big Ziploc in the freezer until I have enough to turn them into croutons. It’s an easy way to turn leftover, odd-sized, or stale bread into a delicious accompaniment to soup, salads, or cheese platters.
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil.
3. Tear up random pieces of bread — can be different kinds — and place on baking sheet.
4. Toss bread with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle of salt, pepper, dried rosemary or thyme, and grated Parmesan cheese.
(Or, just olive oil, salt & pepper)
5. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until crisp but still bite-able.
Want to pair your croutons with homemade soup? Try one of these recipes.