Leftover Croutons

makes 2 cups

No need to throw away stale bread! Cut it into cubes, freeze it, and make your own croutons whenever you want them.

2 cups leftover bread, crusts removed, cut or torn into 1/4-inch chunks
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Pinch of ground cumin
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of cayenne or paprika, more to taste

Preheat oven to 400°; line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or a silicone baking mat. In a bowl, toss bread with olive oil and all seasonings. Spread bread cubes evenly in pan. Bake, stirring every 5 minutes, until croutons are done to your taste. Watch carefully: They go from light brown to burned in a heartbeat. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in a sealed container (let them cool completely before storing), up to 3 days.

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