Often, I find that the best and sweetest moments come from small, simple things that elevate everyday life. This recipe is one of those things.
After months of being a regular at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, I finally took the plunge and decided to try a homemade loaf of honey sourdough bread from one of our local farmers. The smell is amazing each week, and the loaves are often still warm as they’re unloaded out into the market. All I can think now is, what took me so long?
To make croutons, I simply tossed diced pieces of slightly stale bread in some high-quality olive oil, fresh rosemary, and sea salt. It’s so simple, but the result was so good that I have to confess they hardly made it off the baking sheet this week. Once they’re cooled, remove the croutons to an airtight bag and store in the fridge for three to five days. I add them to salads for a bit of extra crunch, but they might be even better in a hot cup of soup. Or, on their own–they’re that good.
- 1 loaf of good sourdough bread
- 3 tbs good extra-virgin olive oil (bonus if you can use rosemary or lemon infused flavors)
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary, stems removed and finely diced
- 2 tsp fleur de sel
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Stack slices of bread and dice into small, bite-sized pieces
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add bread, olive oil, rosemary, and salt, and toss everything together using your hands (no bowl needed).
- Bake croutons for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Note that staler bread will brown faster than fresh bread.
- Storage: Croutons will keep in an airtight container or bag for a couple days at room temperature, or up to week in the refrigerator. Make sure the croutons are completely cool before storing.