This recipe comes from chef Mark Breen of Seasonal Kitchen.

Bread is Britain’s most wasted food. Over 240 million slices of bread are chucked away every year. Bread freezes really well, particularly for toast, so make sure you pop in the freezer if you're not going to use it. Croutons are a great idea for when bread has gone stale.


Loaf of stale bread

4 tablespoons of olive oil

2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped, or 1 tsp dried parsley

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Mix olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. While you chop your bread.
  2. Cut your bread into 3/4″ cubes. For goodness sake, don’t remove the crust! It adds variety and a great crunch to these croutons. Transfer to large mixing bowl.
  3. Drizzle the seasoned olive oil over your chopped bread and toss until bread crumbs have an even coating of oil.
  4. Spread the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 180 Celsius for 20 minutes until they are golden brown and crunchy.
  5. Serve with salad, soup or anything you like.


The recipe is part of the Taste Not Waste collection from Hubbub, Pop Brixton and Museum of London.