Updated: Jul 31, 2019
My recipe for croutons is super simple, but my spice mix takes it up a notch.
Here is my process for making spicy, crispy croutons you can throw into any salad.
What You'll Need
1/2 loaf of old Sourdough Bread
1 Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon of Paprika
3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
4 Tablespoons chopped Thyme and Oregano, mixed
1 Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cracked Black Pepper
First thing you should do is preheat your oven to 400 degrees. I like to make sure I get a nice coloring on croutons and a nice crunch to them.
Slice your sourdough loaf as you normally would, and then cube each slice. Don't overthink your chopping, rough and uneven bits are just perfect.
Scatter your chopped bread onto a sheet pan and drizzle the olive oil evenly over the pieces. Add your chopped garlic, herbs and spices.
Once you've added all of your spices, herbs, and oil, mix with your hands until you have an even coating on all of the bread. At this point, wash your hands thoroughly with warm water because you don't want to have cayenne lingering!
Once your oven is preheated, pop these in and let them bake for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes have passed, turn your broiler on if you want an extra crisp and darker color. Don't take your eye off of these though, because they can burn pretty quickly!
Enjoy them with any salad. I like super spicy croutons because it elevates the experience for me. Feel free to add less of the spicy elements. Enjoy!