Today I’m talking about Croutons. They are well known for topping salad or creating stuffing during the holidays. But did you know they’re awesome for snacking on, turning into bread crumbs, and using in other recipes?
You can buy croutons at the store, but lets me honest, they always taste better when they’re homemade. They usually are more cost effective as well, which with the prices of gluten free bread, is a blessing. Use can use just about any gluten free bread to make croutons and I’ve often found that if I don’t like the bread normally I’ll like it as Croutons or breadcrumbs.
Here are some options for making gluten free Croutons.
- Buy an extra loaf of your favorite gluten free bread just for making into Croutons.
- Don’t like eating the end pieces? Or the slice of bread broke in half? Or the loaf had a giant air bubble in the middle and wont make a good sandwich? Save these pieces in the freezer and make Croutons out of them.
- Did you find or visit an amazing gluten free bakery but can’t eat the whole loaf of fresh bread before it gets dried out and stale? It’s the perfect candidate for making Croutons.
- Did someone gift you with a gluten free loaf of bread you usually hate? Try making Croutons out of it and see if it tastes better.
They’re a great way to reduce waste in the kitchen and they store really well.
Once you have enough bread and want to make Croutons it’s a pretty straight forward process. I like to cut or tear the bread into pieces and I keep ALL the bread, crumbs included. After the croutons are done baking I can separate the Croutons from the bread crumbs so nothing goes to waste.
This recipe covers basic Croutons but you can add whatever spices you want to them before or after baking. I’ve flavored them with ranch, Italian, Greek, smokey paprika, and Herbs de Provence before. I like the versatility of having plain Croutons on hand though.
I love how they add crunch to my salads and soups ( like my Broccoli Cheese soup or Potato Leek soup) and they can be quickly crushed and used for breadcrumbs when needed (like for these Turkey meatballs). I’ve also been known to snack on them between meals or as I’m preparing dinner.Print
Gluten free Croutons
The crunchy and salty goodness of Gluten free Croutons are easy to make and even easier to eat.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Appetizer, Salad, Snack, Soup
- Cuisine: American
- 1 Loaf Gluten free bread (Or odds and ends of gluten free bread from the freezer)
- 3–4 TBS Olive oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Cut or tear the bread into bite sized cubes and place them in a bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the salt over the bread and toss to combine.
- Pour the bread cubes on to a baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes (take care not to burn them).
- Allow to cool completely before using or storing.