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Crispy Croutons

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Updated September 24, 2021
Crispy Croutons
MAKES
4 cups
COOK TIME
15 Min

Say goodbye to store-bought croutons and hello to lots of homemade crunch and flavor! These Crispy Croutons are sure to add that extra special something to your salads. And we love how versatile this recipe is! Use your favorite bread and your special brand of seasoning to make a homemade crouton that's all your own.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 loaf French bread (see options)
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees 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 crispy and golden.
  3. Let cool then store in an airtight container until ready to use.

So Many Options!

  • You can use any type of bread, from white to rye with or without seeds, to make these Crispy Croutons. Also, if you'd prefer, you can use 4 tablespoons olive oil in place of the butter which cuts down on the calories a bit. Plus, to make these cheesy, just add 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese along with the other seasonings, and reduce the salt to 1/4 teaspoon.
     
  • Use these homemade croutons to top our Zesty Flank Steak Salad, our Italian BLT Bread Salad, or our Tossed Spinach Salad.
     
  • To tie it all together, try one of our Easy Homemade Salad Dressings!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 27
  • Calories from Fat 14
  • Total Fat 1.6g 2 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.9g 5 %
  • Trans Fat 0.1g 0 %
  • Protein 0.6g 1 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 3.8mg 1 %
  • Sodium 325mg 14 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 2.7g 1 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1 %
  • Sugars 0.2g 0 %

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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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