I love croutons on salads and soups, and up until recently it had never occurred to me to make my own. Then one night while my kitchen was in the throngs of the remodel, a friend, who is a wonderful cook, brought me dinner (I know, I have nice friends, don’t I?). Besides the other yumminess, she brought a caesar salad with these homemade croutons on top. Oh, to die for!!! Croutons are so easy to make and taste so much better than even the best store bought. Once you make these, you’ll never go back! I now keep these on hand at all times.
Homemade Ciabatta Croutons
- 1 loaf good ciabatta bread (I prefer Semi Freddies)*
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 teaspoons garlic salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Slice the Ciabatta loaf into bite sized pieces, then place in a large bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon of the olive oil and toss. Then drizzle another Tablespoon oil and toss again. Repeat a third time until all the bread is coated. Sprinkle with the garlic salt and toss again to disperse evenly.
Spread the bread cubes onto a jelly roll pan in a single layer.
Bake at 350 degress for 15 minutes, or until croutons are crisp and golden brown.
Remove and let cool. Store in an airtight container.
*Note: You could substitute any good crusty bread to make the croutons. I’ve used french baguettes, sourdough, pugilese, rustic italian.