Croutons are perfect for every season – pop onto salads in spring and summer, and plop into soups in autumn and winter. They are so, so easy to make, especially when you have our sage and oregano herb dip mix Wise One on hand.
Other than their savoury crunch (which makes them the perfect comfort food), croutons are a fantastic way to use up yesterday’s bread. Indeed, stale bread is preferred! Here is a simple Stansie recipe for making croutons.
First gather the following:
- Bread - a baguette or sliced bread is fine. For this recipe we’ve used about 150 grams of bread.
- 100 grams of butter
- 1 tablespoon of Wise One – Stansie’s sage and oregano herb mix
- Baking paper
Heat the oven to 190°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Cut up bread into small cubes.
Melt the butter and spread approximately one-third over the baking paper. Spread out the bread cubes. Sprinkle one tablespoon of Wise One over the bread and then pour the remaining butter over the bread. Put into the oven.
After 5 minutes, remove from the oven and turn over the bread to ensure it can be baked on the other side.
Heat for another 5 minutes or until the croutons are golden brown. Take out and cool. You are then ready to serve.
Just a few croutons on a very basic side salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, a splash of olive oil) can add a burst of flavour. Like all our Stansie dishes, Wise One croutons make vegetables taste better, and are especially appealing to children who may otherwise shy away from eating salads.
TIP: If you can’t eat them all at once, then you can freeze croutons for up to four weeks. When you get them out of the freezer pop them back in the oven for a few minutes to get them crispy before cooling and then serving on salads or soups – depending on the season.