How to Make Croutons Over the Stove - Buttered Side Up

How to Make Croutons Over the Stove

How to Make Croutons Over the Stove
Let's be honest: croutons really elevate a salad. Those crunchy little cubes of bread are just satisfying.

But I have a conundrum surrounding croutons. First, most store-bought croutons are full of junk: icky oils and flavorings and chemicals. Second, I don't want to heat up my oven in the summer to make my own croutons.

So of course I devised a method of toasting croutons over the stove. It's really easy - let me show you how!


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How to Make Croutons Over the Stove
You only need 5 simple ingredients: bread, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.



How to Make Croutons Over the Stove
Start by slicing the bread into cubes. The smaller the cubes, the crustier the croutons will get.



How to Make Croutons Over the Stove
Put the bread cubes in a bowl and drizzle in the olive oil and salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.

This time I was feeling lazy and just threw the garlic in with the other ingredients. I recommend waiting to add the garlic until later on in the cooking process because it can get bitter if you cook it too long.



How to Make Croutons Over the Stove
Heat a dry cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Add the bread cubes and cook, stirring often, until the cubes are golden brown.



How to Make Croutons Over the Stove
Remove to a plate and allow to cool. The croutons will crisp up as they cool.



How to Make Croutons Over the Stove
Just so you know: this are quite addictive. Once you start munching, there's no going baaaaack!

I used sourdough for these croutons, which is lovely. But keep in mind that whole grain or sourdough tends to not get as crispy as a straight-up white sandwich or crusty French loaf. I like my croutons kind of soft in the middle, but if you like them crispy all the way through you might want to try a white bread.



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Easy Skillet Croutons


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15 mins
Serves 4
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Ingredients:
3 thick slices of bread, cubed (about 3 cups once cubed),
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,
salt and pepper to taste,
1 clove of garlic, minced,

Instructions:
In a large mixing bowl, toss together the bread cubes, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Make sure the bread is coated evenly.

Heat a large, dry cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Add the seasoned bread cubes and cook, stirring often, until they're golden and toasty, about 10-15 minutes. A few minutes before the croutons are done toasting, add the garlic and cook until softened.

Remove to a plate and allow to cool completely. The croutons will crisp up as they cool.








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