Herb Croutons Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Bread: 1/2 to 3/4 loaf of a day-old crusty bread (French, Italian, sourdough) cut into 1-inch cubes (you should have about 6-8 cups)
  • Olive Oil: 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Herbs: 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning (or a blend of dried oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary)
  • Garlic Powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons melted butter, freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut Bread: Cut your bread into 1-inch cubes. The drier the bread, the crispier your croutons will be.
  • Make Herb Mixture: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning (or your chosen herb blend), salt, and pepper. You can add the melted butter now for extra richness, if desired.
  • Coat Bread Cubes: In a large bowl, add the bread cubes and gently toss with the seasoned oil mixture until evenly coated.
  • Bake: Spread the bread cubes onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy, tossing halfway through for even browning.
  • Optional Additions: For extra flavor, while the croutons are still warm, you can toss them with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Cool and Store: Let the croutons cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Tips:

  • Bread Choice: Use any kind of crusty bread you like. Day-old bread provides the best texture.
  • Customize Herbs: Create your own herb blends! Experiment with dried rosemary, thyme, oregano, or even a pinch of red pepper flakes for a touch of spice.
  • Fresh Herb Option: For a vibrant flavor, substitute dried herbs with a few tablespoons of finely chopped fresh herbs like parsley, basil, or rosemary. Add them after baking.

Enjoy your homemade herb croutons on:

  • Salads
  • Soups
  • As a snack

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