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Here is a delicious and popular manner in which to use up stale crispy rolls or French loaves that tend to go soft and rubbery after day one. You be the judge as to the quantities you use. Just go lightly with the butter, too much butter can spoil everything. For that matter, go sparingly and tastefully with the cheese, herbs and salt … this is definitely one recipe where less of those goodies are more! But remember practice makes perfect and you’ll soon enough figure out what works best for you and your family.

Large, Cheesy Croutons


  • stale crispy rolls or French loaf
  • soft butter or garlic butter
  • grated hard, tasty cheese like parmesan or Gruyere
  • chopped herbs
  • coarse salt

Chef's hint: You can also use this method with any other kind of bread.


Cut the rolls or bread into thin slices. Spread both sides of each slice lightly with the butter and arrange on an oven rack over a baking sheet (to catch any stray pieces of cheese).

Sprinkle the slices with cheese, herbs and salt and bake in the oven preheated to 190º C for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden. Don’t over-bake your croutons. We have found that the most popular croutons are just-crisp on the outside with soft- chewy insides.

Serves – as many as you choose!