Use It Up…Bread Cubes

Use It Up…Bread Cubes
There’s no good reason to buy croutons, they are very easy to make, and use up those last few slices of bread that might have gone to waste.  You can collect slices in the freezer until you have enough to make croutons.  You can even combine different kinds of bread for “custom” croutons.
A simple rule for making croutons is 1 cup of croutons to 1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter and 1/8 teaspoon each garlic powder and dried basil or Italian seasoning.  Baking times may vary depending on how dry the bread cubes are.
Homemade Croutons
12 bread slices (about 4 cups) ½” cubes lightly packed
¼ cup olive oil or ½ stick butter, melted   
½ teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
½ teaspoon dried basil or Italian seasoning (optional)
Preheat oven to 325° F.  Trim crusts from bread (save them for bread crumbs).
Cut the bread in ½” cubes and spread in a single layer in a baking pan, and bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Stir the cubes, return pan to oven and bake another 10 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven, drizzle the fat over the cubes and sprinkle with the seasonings (if desired.)  Stir well.
Continue to bake, stirring every 5 minutes until the croutons are golden brown and crisp, 15-20 minutes more.  Allow to cool.  The croutons will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.

Some recipes to use either croutons or dry bread cubes:

Try plain dry bread cubes in dressings:

Turkey Breast with Sausage Raisin Stuffing


  1. I make a chicken (or turkey) casserole with bread cubes or leftover dressing. Basically all the usual dressing ingredients plus chopped chicken and a can of crm mushroom, crm chicken or crm celery soup. Just made some a week or so ago with leftover turkey and dressing from Christmas.

    1. Yes, sounds good...I use any leftover gravy instead of soup if I have any.

  2. I don't think we've ever had leftover gravy! lol We can have a full meal with dressing and potatoes and my hubby will still have a piece of gravy bread.

    1. We hear you on husbands and "gravy bread".


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