Homemade Sourdough Garlic Butter Croutons

These Homemade Sourdough Garlic Butter Croutons came to be after finding a loaf of totally stale sourdough bread in the pantry.

It turns out I’m not really very good at remembering to use the sandwich bread when my husband is gone on a business trip.

I just didn’t get through a whole loaf in time.

I really did not want to throw it away.

What a waste, right?

With soup on the menu for dinner I decided I would make some Homemade Sourdough Garlic Butter Croutons.

It was a great way to use up the stale bread.

My plan was to top the soup with the croutons since I didn’t have time to bake homemade bread or rolls that night.

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These delicious buttery garlic croutons baked up in a pinch.

We loved them topped on our hot bowls of soup.

Madeline loved just popping a few in her mouth and crunching. I loved not throwing away that half a loaf of bread.

I think that means we were all winners.

Next time you find yourself with stale bread, cook up a pot of soup and bake a batch of these crunchy croutons.

EASY HOMEMADE CROUTON USES

Besides as a salad topper, there are a number of other ways to use these homemade sourdough garlic butter croutons. 

Crush homemade croutons and sprinkle on top of baked casseroles for a flavorful crush.

This is especially good on any cheesy, baked pasta dish.

These are some of my favorite cheesy, baked pasta dishes to top with a sprinkle of crushed croutons.

Breading Meat?

Next time try using crushed homemade croutons rather than flour to bread your meat, like the chicken in this Chicken Parmesan with Sundried Tomato Sauce.

Rather than dipping crackers in soup, use these Easy Homemade Croutons to add crunch your favorite bowl of soup.

Need some soup recipe inspiration?

Here are a few favorite recipes that pair nicely with these Homemade Sourdough Garlic Butter Croutons.

Want more soup recipes?

Head over to the soup section of the recipe index and browse through the archives for even more soups to pair with homemade croutons.

Substitute crushed croutons for bread crumbs

You can use crushed Homemade Croutons instead of breadcrumbs in these tasty Chicken Meatballs.

Or try this technique in your favorite meatloaf recipe for a flavor boost.

What do you like to do with stale bread?

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Homemade Sourdough Garlic Butter Croutons

Homemade Sourdough Garlic Butter Croutons

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
These Homemade Sourdough Garlic Butter Croutons came to be after finding a loaf of totally stale sourdough bread in the pantry.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups stale sourdough bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Place the oven rack in the middle position.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the cubed bread, melted butter, garlic powder, and minced garlic until combined.
  4. Pour the butter and garlic coated croutons onto a rimmed baking sheet and spread out until somewhat evenly spaced.
  5. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until they are golden brown and crispy - about 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Toss them halfway through to encourage even browning.
  7. Cool completely and serve.
  8. Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

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