Onion and Garlic Croutons Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Bread: 1/2 loaf of day-old crusty bread (French, sourdough, Italian…your favorite!) cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Olive Oil: 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Butter: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Garlic: 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Onion Powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic Powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dried Parsley: 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper: 1/4 teaspoon

Instructions:

  • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Cut the Bread: Cut your day-old bread into about 1-inch cubes. Stale or slightly dried bread is ideal as it absorbs the flavors better.
  • Make the Flavor Base: In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, melted butter, minced garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley (if using), salt, and pepper.
  • Coat the Bread: Add the bread cubes to the bowl with the seasoning mixture. Toss thoroughly to ensure each cube is evenly coated.
  • Bake: Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, stirring once or twice halfway through, until the croutons are golden brown, crispy, and fragrant.
  • Cool and Enjoy: Let the croutons cool completely on the baking sheet before using or storing.

Tips:

  • Bread Choice: For the best flavor, use a good quality, crusty loaf of bread.
  • Customize Spices: Feel free to add a pinch of Italian seasoning, dried oregano, or your favorite spice blend.
  • Storage: Store your onion and garlic croutons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

How to Use Your Croutons:

  • Top your favorite salads for extra crunch and flavor.
  • Add them to creamy soups for texture.
  • Enjoy them as a snack!

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