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Perfect Homemade Croutons

These awesome croutons add the perfect crunch to your salads and soups. Feel free to use store-bought or homemade Italian dressing–they come out great whichever you use.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine American


  • large cookie sheet


  • stale bread (not moldy!), cubed in half- to one-inch chunks
  • italian dressing enough to make all bread cubes evenly wet
  • ziploc bag or bowl with lid large enough to fit all of your croutons, with room to shake them around


  • Place bread cubes in your ziploc, and pour italian dressing in the bag, enough to coat your bread cubes well.
  • Close your bag and shake em up.
  • Convect bake on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes OR regular bake at 400 for 25 minutes (cut the time if you like them lighter).
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool, then store in the refrigerator for up to a week. (They may last longer, depending on your refrigerator.)


Deliciously crunchy on your summer salads, or even as a crunchy snack!
Keyword condiments, croutons, salad