I have an awesome (read: sometimes slightly weird to outsiders) family. On of my favorite things about my family is what my parents used to put in our stockings when we were kids. We would all get a box of croutons and a roll of cookie dough. Thats kind of weird, right? But we loved it! I loved croutons as a kid, especially the Brownberry kind. I'm not sure if they even make them anymore, because I haven't been able to find them in stores in a long time. Matt and I don't usually stock croutons at our house, but anytime I go to my parent's house, I can be found snacking on a bag of croutons. They're just so spicy and cruncy and delicious!
Fast forward to last night. I had some leftover bread from a dinner party that I was going to turn into a snack for Matt after work. Turns out, it was pretty stale, so I decided to attempt making croutons. They are so easy and so tasty that I actually went to the grocery store and bought two more loaves of french bread to make more! I stuck them in a mason jar, so now we have croutons anytime I feel like a little munch (or anytime I feel like putting them on a salad, like they're designed for).
Cut stale or fresh bread into small cubes (think 1/2 inch)
Drizzle a few teaspoons of olive oil on bread cubes.
Season with anything you desire: salt, garlic, oregano, rosemary, herbs de provence, etc.
Spread the bread cubes onto a sheet pan and back at 350 for about 10 minutes, or until they look golden, stirring and mixing occasionally.
Store the cooled croutons in an air-tight container and enjoy!
UPDATE: I have now abandoned my homemade vegetable soup for lunch and am eating a bag of croutons instead.