I'm sure many of you do this anyway but it's a hit in our house this week so I thought I'd share:
My grandma always made her own breadcrumbs with stale bread. I used to make my own when I was single because I always had more bread than I could eat by myself. Since I got married we usually breeze through a loaf with no problem so we have bought breadcrumbs from time to time.
We also buy those $1 bags of croutons at Kroger. I mean, they're a dollar, so it's not a big loss, right? Well I passed the sale bread the other day and they had hamburger buns for 49 cents. I bought them and made our own croutons. They probably made 2-3 times as much as the $1 packaged version and they were MUCH better. More light and crisp and not hard as a rock. My son won't eat the packaged version anyway so this was great.
Leave your bread out for a few hours - about an afternoon - to get a little dried out. I notice this keeps it from crumbling up as much when you cut it. Melt about 3 tbsp of butter and add whatever seasoning you like. We used basil, garlic salt, and parmesan cheese. Pour over cubed bread and toss and bit. Put on a cookie sheet and bake for about 15 mins. Toss again, turn them over as much as possible, and put back in the oven for about 10 mins. Keep an eye on them. The first batch took longer but the second batch didn't take as long (??) Store in an airtight container! We've just been eating them like snacks and my husband even put some in a sandwich yesterday. I'm not sure they're going to make it to the salads.