HerbS de Provence Croutons

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We go shopping every weekend for our (hopefully) weeks worth of groceries. Each week I try to plan at least 3 meals to cook so we avoid "last minute" meals or eating out. This week our bread choices were limited at our bakery so we decided on this large loaf of whole grain bread with these extra long slices of bread. It seemed like too much bread, and I hate seeing things go to waste but we really had no better options. Today, I was thinking about what I could do with bread to make sure we don't waste any of it and I landed on homemade whole grain croutons! 

I've tried making croutons multiple times and they often turn out too crunchy or not flavorful enough. This time they turned out perfect! These turned out so tasty, perfectly crunchy and (unfortunately) incredibly snack-able. Like so snack-able I keep finding reasons to walk through the kitchen and eat one or two as I'm passing by... so here I am doing circles around my tiny apartment and watching my new container of croutons shrinking every minute. 

To make these, I recommend buying whole grain bread thats fresh baked that day (I know many people like to use stale bread but I find they get too crunchy too fast and don't absorb my seasonings very well). Also, I like to toss them throughout the cooking process to keep it from burning. This, however, can be a little dangerous as I found out today haha. I was tossing my croutons around after about 2 minutes of baking, when I flipped one out of my pan and into the gas flames in the very bottom of my oven and the crouton lit on fire! I panicked shoved the pan into the oven without an oven mitt, quickly turned off the oven, and then realized I had burned my finger in the process UGH. So when tossing, don't be like Heidi and maybe pull the pan onto the stove for a quick second. 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! <3 

 

 
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Herbs De Provence Croutons

Feeds: 3-5 people

Prep time: 3 mins

Cook time: 6 mins 

* = side note or tip at bottom of page

Ingredients:  

3 tbsp olive oil 

3-4 large slices of fresh baked whole grain bread (make sure its not too dense though, its best if its a bit on the airy)

1 tbsp salt 

1 tbsp garlic powder 

1 tbsp herbs de provence (or own mixture of rosemary, oregano, marjoram and tarragon) 

 

 

Prep: 

(I like to prep all my ingredients in a fully clean kitchen before cooking anything -- it makes cooking less hectic and easier to clean up. )

No Prep Necessary! 

Cook: 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Cut the slices of bread into cubes. You can make these small or large, it all depends on how you like your croutons! 

Add the bread cubes to a big mixing bowl and in a separate small bowl mix together your herbs and olive oil. 

Pour the olive oil mixture over the cubes of bread and mix with hands.* 

Once the bread feels well covered in the oil, spread them across a baking sheet and slide into the heated oven. 

After about 2 mins of baking, grab a spatula and oven mitt and mix the bread cubes around the pan. Slide back in, and bake another 2 mins before mixing again. I do this every 2 mins for about 6 full mins before pulling the croutons out. The bread will harden as it cools a bit so be sure to not over bake it!*

Et Voila! You now have yummy oh-so-snackable croutons to add to salads, soups, or even as a topping to a rice and chicken dish. 

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Notes: 

  • I always mix these with my hands because you can't tell if they are fully covered in the oil with a spoon or spatula! Sometimes you just gotta get your hands dirty while cooking. 
  • The baking time can vary based on the bread you choose! if you choose an airier bread like I suggest it shouldn't need to bake more than 6-7 mins but if you choose a heartier bread it could take a little longer. As mentioned, if you use stale-ish bread it could crisp up faster so you might want to consider reducing the time.