These little things are so good they deserve a post all to themselves! Garlic and herb flavored crunchy bites of toasted bread can turn a simple salad or plain bowl of soup into something special. If you happen to have leftover bread laying around looking for a recipe to happen, give these Homemade Croutons a try. Easy and flavor packed they’re worth the 10 minutes it takes to make them! I bet you’ll never buy croutons from the grocery store again.
Cut the loaf of bread into similar size pieces, big or small, whatever makes you happy. If you cut your croutons into small pieces, watch the cooking time as this recipe was tested with 1-inch cubes. Gather together your favorite fresh or dried herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper, then preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
20 minutes in the oven and you’re done. The croutons will keep in an airtight container for up to a week. Adapt the recipe to fit the amount of bread you have on hand. Maybe you only need a few, no worries!
All they need now is a good creamy soup to swim around in. I love how they retain a good crunch and don’t wimp out quickly turning to mush.
- 6 cups bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (I used a day old batard - similar to a baguette only shorter)
- ⅛ teaspoon good sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic (powder will work here too - if using garlic salt, omit the sea salt above)
- ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme) or your favorite herbs
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme leaves, rosemary or parsley
- 3 tablespoons good quality olive oil, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl combine the salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper and fresh herbs. Stir to blend.
- Pour the bread cubes into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and toss the cubes to cover. Sprinkle with ⅓ of the seasonings and toss again to coat.
- Repeat by drizzling 1 tablespoon olive oil, then toss to coat and sprinkle with ⅓ of the seasonings tossing again to cover. Repeat one more time then spread the bread cubes on a large baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Remove the pan from the oven and toss or turn the croutons to help them toast evenly. Return the pan to the oven and bake another 10 minutes or until the croutons are light brown and crispy.
- Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for up to one week.
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