Whole Wheat Croutons Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 slices whole wheat bread: Day-old or slightly stale bread works best.
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning: or use any herbs you like (thyme, oregano, rosemary)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Cut the bread: Cut the whole wheat bread into roughly 1-inch cubes.
  • Season: In a large bowl, combine olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning (or your chosen herbs), salt, and pepper.
  • Toss: Add the bread cubes to the bowl and toss thoroughly to ensure each piece is evenly coated with the oil and seasoning mixture.
  • Bake: Spread the croutons in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Stir them halfway through baking for even browning.
  • Cool: Let the croutons cool completely on the baking sheet.

Tips:

  • Customize: Experiment with your favorite dried herbs and spices for different flavor profiles.
  • Stale vs. Fresh Bread: Stale bread crisps up better, but if using fresh bread, increase baking time slightly.
  • Storage: Store airtight at room temperature for up to a week to maintain crispness.

How to Use Your Whole Wheat Croutons:

  • Salads: The classic use for croutons!
  • Soups: Add crunch and texture to soups and stews.
  • Casseroles: Use as a topping for extra flavor and crispness.
  • Snack: Great by themselves for a satisfying crunch.

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