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Crispy Croutons

(2 Votes)
MAKES
4 cups
COOK TIME
15 Min

Say goodbye to store-bought croutons and hello to lots of homemade crunch and flavor. The best part is you make these with stale bread, so it costs practically nothing to become a salad or soup hero!

What You'll Need:
  • 4 cups stale 1/2-inch bread chunks (about 8 slices bread) (see Options)
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted (see Options)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (see Options)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Place bread chunks in a medium bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl. 
     
  2. Lightly toss bread chunks with butter mixture and place on a large rimmed baking sheet; bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until crunchy throughout and golden.
     
  3. Let cool then store in an airtight container until ready to use.

 

Options
  • Use any type of bread from white to rye, with or without seeds.
  • If you'd prefer, you can use 4 tablespoons olive oil in place of the butter.
  • If you want cheesy croutons, just add 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese along with the other seasonings and reduce the salt to 1/4 teaspoon, or leave out the salt entirely.

Ratings & Comments

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I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

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Have made these several times. So easy and you can any ingredient you want. Going to bake them at 250 and see how they turn out. YUMMY!

bake at 250 degrees instead! it makes them less tooth breaking hard. croutons should ALWAYS be baked low and slow. don't make the mistake store bought croutons do.

how did chas696969 cut that bread so perfect? 0318michelle

These are really great. I added 1/4 tsp. paprika.

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