Parmesan Croutons Recipe

Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Day-old bread: Approximately 6 slices of your choice (French, sourdough, Italian, whole-wheat, etc.) cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • Olive oil: 1/4 cup
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: 1/3 cup
  • Garlic powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dried Italian seasoning: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper: 1/4 teaspoon

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  • Cut the bread: Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes. The size doesn’t have to be exact.
  • Make the seasoning mix: In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Coat the bread: Add the bread cubes to the bowl and toss them with the seasoning mix until evenly coated.
  • Bake: Spread the croutons in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the croutons are golden brown and crispy. Be sure to rotate the pan halfway through for even browning.
  • Cool and store: Let the croutons cool completely on the baking sheet before storing them in an airtight container. They should remain good for a few days at room temperature.

Tips and Variations:

  • Fresher bread: If your bread isn’t day-old, you can pop the cubes in the oven directly and toast them for a few minutes to dry them out before adding the seasoning mix.
  • Flavor boost: Add a tablespoon of melted butter to the seasoning mix for richer flavor.
  • Herb-tastic: Experiment with fresh herbs like finely chopped rosemary, thyme, or parsley.
  • Gluten-free: This recipe works well with your favorite gluten-free bread.

Enjoy your homemade Parmesan croutons! They’re perfect for:

  • Salads: Adds the ultimate crunch to your favorite Caesar salad or any other creation.
  • Soups: Level up tomato soups, French onion soup, or any creamy soup with these croutons.
  • Snack: They are a tasty snack on their own!

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