Cornbread croutons are quick and easy to make with leftover cornbread! They make a great addition to salads, soups, chilis, and more.
This most definitely qualifies as a "recipe but not really" kind of post, but sometimes it's good to put proper measurements and temperatures on something.
Just winging it before I've tossed stale bread in too much oil to result in oily croutons (no thanks) and have baked them at too high a temperature and ended up with prettttty crispy cubes. Not a huge loss but kind of 'meh' regardless.
Not now! These cornbread croutons are PERFECT. If you're a regular reader you might notice that in over 450 recipes I have rarely deemed something to be the best ever or perfect (except for these whole wheat waffles and this completely cooked eggnog...those two truly are the best). Reason being that taste is so subjective.
I've received comments on the same recipe saying that it's both bland and overseasoned, or too sticky and too dry, or too sweet and not sweet enough...you name it, somebody on the Internet probably thinks the opposite about it.
However these cornbread croutons embody all of those perfect crouton characteristics. Crumbly cornbread pieces bake up light and harden nicely, but don't harden too much that your fork has a hard time piercing them. They add the perfect flavor to salads and make a delicious addition to Instant Pot turkey chili.
I might be purposely saving cornbread pieces to become stale from now on just to make these cornbread croutons a reality.
There are a few differences between making these cornbread croutons and the ones featured in my how to make croutons post. Since cornbread is a more delicate bread than a standard bakery baguette, I bake these at a slightly higher temperature for about half the time. They don't need that long to truly crisp up.
Otherwise the ingredients are the same: your (stale) bread of choice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. You can certainly add other seasonings if you like, but I like to keep things simple so the flavors don't clash with whatever it is they're garnishing.
How to Make Cornbread Croutons
- 1 ¼ cup cubed leftover cornbread (approximately)
- 2-3 teaspoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.
- Gently toss leftover cornbread cubes in a bowl with olive oil and salt and pepper.
- Place cornbread cubes on prepared baking sheet in a single layer, leaving space between each one.
- Bake for 6-7 minutes and then flip each crouton over.
- Bake for another 7-8 minutes, or until cornbread croutons have crisped to your liking.
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