Homemade Garlic Croutons

I love croutons on my salad and homemade croutons delivers a light airy crisp that you just can’t get from the store bought kind so Emmy, Jason, and I made a trip to the grocery store first thing this morning and picked up a warm loaf of French bread from the bakery. These croutons are so addicting, I have to make extra because I find myself snacking on these all by themselves. Feel free to use leftover French bread because that’s what I usually do when I’m not on a crouton making mission!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of French bread cut into 1 inch cubes
  • ½ stick of butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, add butter, salt, garlic powder, and parsley (if desired). Stir until well mixed.
  3. Spread bread evenly on a sheet pan and drizzle butter mixture over the bread so that it lightly coats (not saturates) the bread cubes. You want to drizzle the butter over the spread out cubes verses tossing them in a large bowl so that you don’t saturate the half of the bread that is in the bottom of the bowl).
  4. Using a spatula (or your clean hands), lightly toss the cubes to get them evenly coated in the butter sauce. Be careful not to smush the bread. Spread them out evenly in the sheet pan.
  5. Place in the oven for 4 minutes. Using a spatula, roughly stir the croutons then spread them evenly in the pan. Cook for 2 more minutes while carefully watching them. Your oven settings may be different than mine and croutons can and will burn quickly so keep your eye on them!
  6. Stir the croutons, spread them evenly and cook for 2 more minutes until golden and the croutons feel crisp on all sides. Add an additional 2-4 minutes depending on your oven setting.
  7. Enjoy on your salad or just eat them as they are!

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