Once you make these, you will never go back to pre-packaged croutons again! I usually make these with whatever kind of bread I have sitting around that is going a little stale. My No Knead Bread makes flavorful rustic croutons. These make a great topping for any salad, soup or just to grab a handful to snack on. They are that good!
12 oz bread, torn into bite sized chunks
¼ cup grated pecorino cheese
⅓ cup olive oil
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Add bread to large bowl and sprinkle with pecorino cheese. In a measuring cup, pour ⅓ cup oil and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine and drizzle over bread mixture, turning with a wooden spoon to coat evenly. Arrange bread in a single layer on a cookie sheet or roasting pan and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn with spatula and cook an additional 10 minutes. Let cool, and store in air tight container for several weeks.