Learning how to make sourdough croutons is quite simple and only requires a few ingredients. These homemade sourdough croutons are crunchy, salty and warm. Fresh out of the pan, they go well on top of salads and soups.
Ingredients for Sourdough Croutons
- Bread: Use fresh or stale sourdough bread for croutons. This recipe is also a great way to use up leftover ends of bread. I’ve made this recipe with my leftover challah or focaccia bread. Whatever you have will work!
- Oil: I use olive oil for my croutons, but any type of oil will work. Melted butter in place of oil will also work just as well.
- Seasoning: For this recipe, I just used salt and pepper, but you can add kind of seasoning you would like. Try dried herbs, parmesan cheese or chiles to make your croutons pop a bit more.
How to Make Croutons
Take your sourdough, either stale bread that’s been sitting in your pantry past its prime, or that loaf of bread you just purchased and only have plans for half of, and begin tearing it apart. You can use a knife if you prefer, but I just use my hands to tear that bread into bite-sized pieces.
After the bread is torn, I place it into a small mixing bowl and add the olive oil. Again, I use my hands to toss the bread in the oil to coat it. Then I season the bread and toss it to coat again.
If the bread looks like it isn’t evenly coated, or looks a bit dry, add some more oil to the bowl. Toss to coat again until each piece of bread is evenly coated. Evenly coated bread will cook more evenly in a pan, or in the oven. Also, add any other seasoning you would like at this stage, such as other spices or parmesan cheese.
When it comes time to cook up the croutons, throw them in a frying pan over medium-high heat on the stove or onto a baking sheet and pop them into the oven at 350 degrees. Whichever your method of cooking, make sure to flip them halfway through so that they are equally brown on both sides. Also, take care not to crowd the pan, as it will prevent browning.
After your croutons are finished cooking, they will be golden brown on both sides.
You can either serve them immediately or you can store them in an airtight container.
What to Serve Sourdough Croutons With
There are many traditional and nontraditional ways to serve homemade croutons.
There is the standard ways to eat these sourdough croutons, which is sprinkled on top of a Caesar or BBQ chicken salad.
Another way to use croutons is to add a bit of texture to an otherwise texturally bland recipe. Add these croutons to a Butternut Squash soup or even as a replacement for oyster crackers when eating a New England Clam Chowder.
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