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Homemade Cornbread or Sourdough Croutons

Sourdough croutons on salad are delicious. You can make them with any bread you love, even gluten free or leftover cornbread! It’s also the best way to make homemade stuffing mix for the holidays. If you loved our Ninja Foodi Croutons in the past this one baked in the oven will be a hit too.

How to Make Croutons in the Oven

This is how to make homemade croutons for a variety of dishes. Toasted cubed bread is also the base to Thanksgiving dressing or crushed for breading chicken. So versatile you could use it for those too! Buttery, flavorful and easy to bake. (affiliate links present)

Gluten Free Croutons

Ok so you want to make our Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe to serve with dinner or for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. You need homemade stuffing mix because of your dietary needs. NO problem, let us show you how to make that yourself and not buy it in a bag.

Typically you would want to bake these in the oven to serve on top of your favorite salad recipes though right? Well depending on what kind you are creating would determine which herbs and seasonings you use in the mix. This go around we feature rosemary, sage and garlic but those could be swapped around.

Croutons for Soup
onion croutons

Cornbread Croutons

I have used this instead of the boxed mix to make Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf too! If I don’t have or want to use premade cubes this is the answer. If you have any allergies at home this is a great way to know exactly what is in your food and adjust things to your preferences. If you love spicy you could add red pepper flakes too.

  • 3 c bread cut into cubes, Sourdough Focaccia works great
  • 1 small onion diced fine
  • Stalk of celery diced fine
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 c chicken broth
  • 1/3 tsp finely diced fresh herbs or dry sage, rosemary and salt

Homemade Stuffing Mix

You can use a sheet pan to get this done or a large casserole dish. You just don’t want the pieces to overlap or they won’t dry and get as crispy as you’d like them to be, keep that in mind.

Can I use croutons instead of stuffing mix?

You could! Croutons are generally a bit larger than mix but that wouldn’t really matter. If you wanted it more similar just crush them a bit so resemble the same dry stuffing mix. OR make our homemade dry stuffing mix here.

Cornbread Croutons

How to Make Croutons in the Oven

If you wanted to make our Bundt Pan Stuffing this is a great base for that too. During the holidays I am willing to spend the extra time to make that special dish, and this is one of them. Instead of Pepperidge Farm this year, try this!!

Often times I need a Leftover Cornbread Recipe to use if we had it fresh the day before but didn’t finish it all. I hate wasting food so I love having another dish to make with what hasn’t been eaten right?? Next day it should be firmer than normal so it is easier to slice. It doesn’t have to be in squares either, I mean that doesn’t matter.

  • Dry the type of bread cubes you chose in advance in the oven at 270 F for 5-6 minutes. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Fry the onion, celery and garlic in melted butter for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the heat to low and stir the vegetables.
  • Place the bread cubes in a large bowl, add salt and pepper if you like + dried herbs, as well as fried vegetables.
  • Pour in the broth in small portions and gently stir the bread cubes so that they are evenly saturated with liquid. If you see that the bread is already quite wet, do not add the remaining broth.
  • Transfer the homemade stuffing to a baking dish in a single layer, overlapping the least amount possible and cover with foil or a lid. Bake for half an hour.
  • Then remove the foil and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes until golden brown and crisped.

Remove from oven and leave on a trivet to cool completely to room temperature before transferring into a freezer bag or jar to store for later. Best if eaten fresh though.

Gluten Free Croutons

Let’s talk about yet another way these can be used!! Instead of jarred store bought breadcrumbs, make these instead and crush to a sand-like texture to bread any of your meats! Dip your protein in an egg wash, press into your crushed crumbs and bake Thin Pork Chops in Oven with it this week.

Croutons for Soup

Before you jump to recipe let’s talk about tweaks you could do. As far as seasonings, garlic powder works well too. Remember that cornbread cubes will have a different flavor and texture but a really fun way to add a bit of sweetness and surprise to a salad or soup!!

Sourdough Croutons

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Sourdough Croutons

Sourdough croutons on salad are delicious. Make with gluten free bread or leftover cornbread too. Best way to make homemade stuffing mix too.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, French
Keyword baked, croutons, oven
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 260kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

  • 1 sheet pan or casserole dish, large
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Dry the bread cubes in advance in the oven at 270 F for 5-6 minutes. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Fry the onion, celery and garlic in butter for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and stir the vegetables. Place the bread cubes in a bowl, add salt and herbs, as well as fried vegetables.
  • Pour in the broth in small portions and gently stir the bread cubes so that they are evenly saturated with liquid. If you see that the bread is already quite wet, do not add the remaining broth.
  • Transfer the homemade stuffing to a baking dish, overlapping the least amount possible and cover with foil or a lid. Bake for half an hour.
  • Then remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes until crisped. Remove from oven and leave on a trivet to cool completely before transferring into a freezer bag or jar to store for later. Best if eaten fresh though.
Nutrition Facts
Sourdough Croutons
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 571mg25%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 89IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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