Homemade Croutons can go on nearly anything, and everyone loves them! Just the perfect size, flavor, and crunch, this easy garlic crouton recipe will make your mouth water and the kitchen smell great!
What Are Croutons?
In an era where nothing goes to waste (doesn’t that still apply today?), croutons were made from the very last slices of bread, cut into cubes, seasoned and then baked to a crispy perfection.
Whether you are making croutons for salad or croutons for soup, pop open a can of biscuits and take the easy way out on a busy day!
What To Add To Croutons
Croutons are versatile, and the recipe can be changed to fit whatever you’re adding them to. Some of my favorite additions include:
- Bread: Sourdough, leftover rolls, stale bread
- Dried Seasonings: Rosemary, Dried basil, Italian seasoning
- Fresh Seasonings: Lemon zest, fresh herbs & parsley
- Cheeses: Parmesan, cheddar
How to Make Croutons
Croutons are as easy as 1,2,3 to make and they keep well in the pantry for up to a month! To make these delicious crunchy morsels:
- Dice: Dice the bread into cubes and place in a bowl. You can use any kind of bread here, even leftover french bread or sliced breads will work!
- Toss: Toss with melted butter, seasonings and parmesan cheese.
- Bake: Bake until golden.
Dried Croutons will last on the counter for about a week. If you’re keeping these longer, you can freeze homemade croutons. No need to defrost first, they can be added directly to your favorite dishes and salads!
More Recipes You’ll Love
- Italian Dressing – easy to make!
- Classic Wedge Salad – add these croutons!
- The Best Tossed Salad – the perfect side for any meal
- Easy Kale Salad with Fresh Lemon Dressing – healthy and delicious
- Thousand Island Dressing – quick and easy!
- 12-14 slices bread
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
Cut bread into 3/4" cubes and place in a large bowl (or freezer bag).
Pour the melted butter evenly over the bread cubes
- Gently toss with seasonings and cheese.
- Bake at 350 for approximately 10 minutes, checking frequently to make sure they aren't getting too dark.
- Remove and cool when they are lightly golden brown.
- Serve on top of a salad, soup or in a bowl as a snack!
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)