National Crouton Day

May 13

When is National Crouton Day?

National Crouton Day happens on Monday May 13, 2024.

National Crouton Day: Crunching Into Creativity on May 13th

Crunch time is here! May 13th marks National Crouton Day, a day to celebrate those delightful, crispy cubes of joy – croutons! While they’re famously known for adding a crunchy element to salads, croutons are so much more versatile in the culinary world. Homemade or store-bought, these little bits of toasted bread can transform the texture and flavor of various dishes. Let’s explore the art of making croutons and discover innovative ways to use them beyond the salad bowl. 🎉🥖

The Art of Making Croutons:

Making croutons at home is simple and a fantastic way to use up leftover bread. Here’s how:


  • Leftover bread (sourdough, ciabatta, baguette, etc.)
  • Olive oil or melted butter
  • Seasonings of choice (garlic powder, herbs, salt, pepper)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut the bread into cubes of your desired size.
  3. In a bowl, toss the bread cubes with olive oil or melted butter. Add your chosen seasonings and mix well.
  4. Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Stir halfway through for even toasting.
  6. Let them cool and store in an airtight container.

Creative Uses for Croutons Beyond Salads:

  1. Soup Toppers: Add a crunchy element to soups like tomato soup or chowders with a handful of croutons.
  2. Casserole Crunch: Sprinkle over casseroles before baking for added texture.
  3. Stuffing Starter: Use homemade croutons as the base for a flavorful stuffing.
  4. Snackable Treats: Toss croutons with your favorite spices and herbs for a crunchy snack.
  5. Breakfast Boost: Incorporate croutons into scrambled eggs or sprinkle over a savory breakfast bowl.
  6. Breading Alternative: Crush croutons and use them as a breading for chicken, fish, or vegetables.

Tips for the Best Homemade Croutons:

  • Bread Choice: Day-old bread works best as it’s slightly dried out and makes for crispier croutons.
  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with different seasonings like Parmesan cheese, rosemary, thyme, or smoked paprika for various flavor profiles.
  • Watch Closely: Keep an eye on the oven to ensure the croutons don’t burn, as they can toast quickly.

National Crouton Day is more than just a nod to a salad accessory; it’s a celebration of texture and flavor innovation in our kitchens. Homemade croutons bring a simple yet transformative touch to a variety of dishes. So, let’s get toasty, creative, and crunch into the delightful world of croutons this May 13th! 🥖🍽️

When does National Crouton Day happen next year?

National Crouton Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday May 13, 2025
  • Wednesday May 13, 2026
  • Thursday May 13, 2027
  • Saturday May 13, 2028
  • Sunday May 13, 2029


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