I love bread, but a whole loaf is usually too much for two people. And although I could definitely eat the whole loaf, I know that’s a bad idea. So I’m always trying to come up with ways to use it up. One of my new favorites is homemade croutons. If they are loaded with spices and cheese, even better.

These are as easy as cubing your bread, tossing with oil, cheese, and seasoning, and then baking until crisp. You’ll get better crunch with bread that’s a little stale, but even fresh bread still makes a tasty addition to your favorite salad. If you want to make croutons out of fresh bread, you can just cube it and let it sit out for a few hours or even a day or two to get hard, crunchy goodness. You can use whatever kind of bread you have on hand for these.

I used Ava Jane’s Kitchen Avocado Oil and Citrus Salt & Pepper for these, and the results are fantastic. The seasoning blend is perfect — not to complicated and just peppery enough to compliment the salty cheese. These are great on any salad you have, but also make a nice snack. Let them cool and they’ll become even crunchier.

 

Makes about 2 cups
Prep time: 20 minutes

 

Ingredients:

4 cups cubed bread

2 tablespoons Ava Jane’s Kitchen Avocado Oil

2 teaspoons AJK Citrus Salt & Pepper spice blend

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Toss the bread with the oil, seasonings, and cheese. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until crisp, stirring about halfway through.

Let cool and store in an airtight container.

Easy to download PDF: Peppered Parmesan Croutons