Garlic Croutons


Preparation info

  • Servings: Makes

    2 cups

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      20 min

Appears in

Love Your Leftovers

Love Your Leftovers

By Nick Evans

Published 2014

  • About

One way to save stale bread from the garbage can is to make it even more stale!

In just a few minutes, you can toss some super-stale bread (or fresh if you can’t wait) with a few simple ingredients and make a delicious topping for any salad. The good news is that once these croutons are baked, they will extend the life of your bread for weeks!


  • 2 heaping cups ¼-inch cubed bread (about 2 thick slices)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Black pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Mince the garlic and then add it to a bowl with the salt. Use a fork to mash the garlic and salt together to form a rough paste. Add in olive oil and a pinch of ground pepper. Stir together well.
    3. Toss bread cubes with the olive oil and garlic mixture.
    4. Scoop croutons onto a baking sheet and Bake for 15 minutes. Give them a stir after every 5 minutes or so to make sure they are cooking evenly.
    5. Remove the croutons and let them cool before serving. They will get nice and crunchy as they cool.
    6. You can store the croutons in a plastic bag for a week or two.