Pesto Croutons

Would you like some salad with your bread

We had an oversized, stale sourdough loaf on our counter one recent Saturday that was destined for a batch of croutons. But inspiration hadn’t really struck. A little oil, a little sea salt was perhaps the only treatment they’d get. Then we saw this post over at Cooking in Sens and thought: ‘Hey wait we could make pesto croutons.’ Ours were topping a salad, hers a beetroot tiramisu.

Most of you are probably already familiar with Rosemary’s blog, but if you haven’t seen it go check it out. She’s an American living in France, so she’s just as good as making barbecue as crispy frog legs. She’s also a wonderful photographer and chef and has the best stocked freezer on that side of the Atlantic.

Pesto Croutons

  • 6 cups stale bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano
  • salt/pepper to taste (remember the cheese is salty)
  • 2-3 tbsp pesto

Mix pesto, cheese, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. The mix should be a bit soupy so that it coats the bread. Add more oil if needed. In a large bowl toss the bread cubes and the pesto mix. Place on a greased cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake at 375 until toasted, stirring if needed, about 15 minutes.

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39 Responses to Pesto Croutons

  1. rutheh says:

    Don’t those croutons look zesty and good? Salad is definitely an accompaniment for them.
    Yes, I think I could eat some now as a savory snack,
    I checked out that Beetroot Tiramisu as well and found it pretty unusual but interesting.

  2. BrainRants says:

    This is a keeper. Great idea!

  3. Purely.. Kay says:

    I LOVE sourdough bread (and you know I’m not a bread eater), so I can imagine how delicious these croutons were.

  4. A_Boleyn says:

    Great idea for something to do with the pesto I’ll be making this summer. Right now I have about 30 basil seedlings getting ready for trans-planting. Freeze warning tonight so it’s going to be a while though. 😦

  5. I just introduced my mother to the wonders of pesto. These croutons sound like a great next step.

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    What a great idea! I agree with Ruth. These would be a tasty addition to any salad but I would enjoy them as a snack every bit as much.

  7. Yum!! I think they’d be lovely in soup too!

  8. Thanks for the mention Greg. Good job with the croutons.

  9. This is the best idea ever! Oh my god, I love it so much! I really want to try it out next time I make a crouton salad! πŸ˜€

  10. Like many others, I would love them on a salad but would be just as happy nibbling on them as a snack!

  11. I would have to double up this recipe.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  12. Tandy says:

    Yummy! And so clever πŸ™‚

  13. Eva Taylor says:

    Why didn’t I think of that? Seriously! What a great idea.

  14. Amy says:

    Oh my gosh, this is the perfect recipe for usin up stale bread! Mine always ends up going to waste. Thank you!

  15. nrhatch says:

    Yummy! Homemade croutons are great on salad . . . and in pea soup. πŸ˜€

  16. Mad Dog says:

    What a fantastic idea!

  17. Rachel says:

    Oh yum. These look like a good snack just as is! Mmmm…

  18. I love Rosemary’s blog:) And I’m in love with these croutons now.. simplicity + flavor. I’d have a bowlful to snack on for sure!

  19. zestybeandog says:

    Brilliant! Love this idea! πŸ™‚

  20. egg me on says:

    Yeah … these are perfect for “salad.” What a great way to use up leftover bread and pesto.

  21. sallybr says:

    Sourdough and pesto… winner combination!

    (thanks for the tip on Rosemary’s blog, new to me…)

  22. Pesto and croutons, two of my favorite things.

  23. Yum, sourdough croutons sound amazing! Bread doesn’t usually make it to the stale state around our house, but these look so good….. The pesto addition is great.

  24. Yum! These look good, I would have never thought to combine pesto with croutons, but they sound amazing!

  25. What a way to cool crouton down.

  26. Charles says:

    Oh my, I’ve got a real weakness when it comes to croutons. Sure salad is all well and good, but when you add some crispy cubed bread all of a sudden the main attraction changes somewhat :D. I love the idea of making pesto croutons – makes a change from plain garlic… nice one πŸ™‚

  27. Kristy says:

    Just used up my last batch of pesto this weekend. Darn it. Looks like I’ll have to make more. (As if that’s a bad thing.) πŸ˜‰

  28. I love croutons and should start making it at home. I love the addition of pesto to it. Yummy!

  29. Yup this is excellent use of stale bread. I had a similar idea a few weeks back that also turned out great…though it must remain a secret until I post it. πŸ™‚

  30. I make my own bread crumbs but have not made croutons in years. I will have to make these.

  31. nancyc says:

    Pesto croutons–what a great idea!

  32. Jessica says:

    I didn’t think homemade croutons could get any better. Yum!

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