Homemade Garlic Croutons Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Bread: 1/2 loaf of day-old bread (French bread, Italian bread, sourdough, or ciabatta work great), cubed into 1-inch pieces.
  • Olive oil: 1/4 cup
  • Butter: 2 tablespoons, melted
  • Garlic: 3-4 cloves, minced
  • Dried Italian seasoning: 1 teaspoon
  • Dried parsley: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper: 1/4 teaspoon

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven: Set your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cube the bread: Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes. If the bread is very fresh, you can let it sit out for a short while to dry slightly for better croutons.
  • Make the garlic oil mixture: In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, melted butter, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  • Toss the bread cubes: Place the bread cubes in a large bowl. Pour the garlic oil mixture over them and toss gently until all the bread cubes are evenly coated.
  • Bake: Spread the croutons in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown, crisp, and fragrant. Toss them around halfway through baking for even browning.
  • Cool and enjoy: Let the croutons cool completely on the baking sheet before using or storing.

Tips:

  • Fresher bread? If the bread isn’t slightly stale, spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake at a low temperature (250 degrees F/120 degrees C) for about 10 minutes to dry them out slightly.
  • Adjust the seasonings: Feel free to experiment with additional herbs and spices like thyme, oregano, or even a pinch of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
  • Storing: Store cooled croutons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Uses:

  • Top your favorite salads (Caesar salad is a classic!)
  • Add crunch to soups
  • Use as a snack
  • Incorporate into stuffing or dressing recipes

Enjoy your homemade garlic croutons!

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