Boy, do I ever hate those bought croutons.
For some reason, I had never bothered making any because I thought they would be like the bought ones. Whenever I came across them in a restaurant, I always picked them off, stale and nasty. Then, one day, we were making a chicken, pear salad for a corporate luncheon. The recipe I was using called for croutons, so I told my assistant that we would just leave them off. She said, “I always make croutons for soups & salads at home & I will make homemade ones for the salad”. Bit of a revelation that!
Preheat oven to 350 F
Cut the crusts of French or Italian bread & cut into ½” or so, cubes. Spread onto a baking sheet; drizzle with EVOO, salt & freshly ground black pepper. Toss to coat the bread cubes. Place in the oven for 10 minutes; stir. Return to oven until golden; stirring once more. Remove from oven & cool. The croutons will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or you can freeze them for a month.