How to Make Homemade Croutons – Parmesan & Herb Flavored

Store bought croutons are convenient. Homemade croutons are delicious. I know which ones I’d rather have!

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When you have the chance, treat yourself to these crispy, fresh and flavorful croutons.  Crunchy without being too hard, they’ll make everyone want an extra helping of salad. And if you want to really go crazy, make your own Caesar Salad Dressing too! Caesar salad never tasted so good.salad with croutons

They’re easy to make – cut bread, add seasoning, bake, cool, add to salad.

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Here’s a more detailed recipe.  The beauty of these tasty little morsels is that you can add whatever flavor you prefer.  Change the butter to oil, omit the Parmesan cheese, add chili powder, use rosemary, use real garlic – whatever!

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Homemade Parmesan & Herb Flavored Croutons

Fresh, crispy and flavorful. Perfect for salads or soups. Try them with various herbs and spices for different flavors.
Prep : 5 mins
Cook : 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 4-6 slices bread - french, rye, sourdough or whatever you have (5-6 cups cubed)
  • 1/3 cup butter or your favorite oil
  • 3 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F (180°C).
  • Cut bread into 1/2" sized cubes and place in large bowl. You should have 5-6 cups cubed.
  • Melt butter in a small pot over medium heat.
  • Add Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and Italian seasoning (or use dried basil & oregano) stirring until well combined.
  • Pour herb butter over bread cubes a little at a time, tossing and turning cubes to ensure an even coating.
  • Pour cubes on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer.
  • Put in oven for 10 minutes.
  • Stir and heat for another 10 minutes.
  • Take out of oven and allow to cool. They will harden a little more once cooled.

Notes

Once cooled, store in an airtight bag. For long term storage, store in freezer.
For a golden toasted color, turn heat up to 400°F (205°C) - check croutons frequently.
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