Homemade Italian croutons recipe

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Homemade croutons take only minutes to make and are a great way to use up day-old bread. After trying these homemade croutons, you will likely never go back to buying store-bought ones. They have much better flavor and add just the right crunch to any salad or soup.

  • Yield: 5 cups
  • Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf day-old French bread or baguettes, cut into 1-inch cubes (4 to 5 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
How to Make It
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Place the bread cubes in a large zip-top bag.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Stir in the olive oil, parsley, salt, basil, garlic powder, and pepper. Let cool.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into the bag and shake until the bread is evenly coated. Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Turn the croutons, then bake for 7 to 10 minutes more, or until the croutons are golden and crisp.
  5. Enjoy on your favorite soups and salads. Store the croutons in a zip-top bag at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
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