There was this one time when I made croutons…OK, I’ve made them like 5 times. They are so good.
About a year ago, my friend Trish gave me the crouton recipe that she uses, and I made them…AND THEY WERE AMAZING. I made them with both white bread and wheat bread. My friend Trish makes them with gluten-free bread. Any way you go, they will be amazing.
Super easy AND super delicious. And when you make them, your house smells fabulous.
This recipe makes about 3 or 4 cups of croutons. It depends on what size and type of bread you use, and how small you make them.
Here is what you will need:
- 6 slices of bread
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- grated Parmesan cheese
Here’s what you do:
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Trim the crust off of the bread.
- Slice the bread, and then cube it. You can decide on the size. However you choose, that will be the size of your croutons.
- Mix melted butter, garlic salt, parsley, and Parmesan until no longer lumpy.
- Toss butter mixture with cubed bread in a medium bowl until the cubes are evenly coated.
- Cover a baking sheet with foil. You don’t need to do this, but it really makes for an easier cleanup.
- Spray the baking sheet (or foil, if you covered it) with non-stick spray.
- Spread the coated bread crumbs in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes and check to see if they are dry, crispy, and golden brown.
- If they need more time, check it every 3 or 4 minutes. Sometimes mine are done in 15, sometimes it’s 25. It depends on the kind of bread I use.
- Take the croutons out and turn them over. I just use my fingers for this. They’re not super hot, and it doesn’t take as much time as you think it would.
- Bake for 15 more minutes, until they are done. Again, if it needs more time, give it more time.
- Let them cool. Eat some while you wait.
- Store the croutons in an air-tight container, or a Ziplock bag (my preference).
They are great on salad, in soups, or just eaten as a snack! I took them to class plenty of times and my friends enjoyed eating croutons with me.