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These Homemade Croutons Are The Perfect Partner To Your Favorite Salads And Soups

These are so much better than store-bought – we’re never going back!

Elevate your weekday dinner or workday lunch salad with these delicious and easy-to-make, homemade croutons. These crispy bites add a delightful crunch and texture to your favorite soups and salads, and they use day-old French bread, which is a great use of leftover bread from dinner. You’ll feel great about not wasting and will love how yummy these croutons are…bring on the salad and get crunching!

Homemade Croutons

Serves 6-8; 20-25 min

Ingredients
  • 6 cups day-old French or Italian bread, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F.
  2. Heat olive oil and garlic in a small saucepan over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Let cool and remove the garlic with a slotted spoon.
  3. In a large bowl, toss cubed bread with garlic-infused olive oil, then season with sea salt, pepper, parsley, thyme, oregano and basil, ensuring everything is evenly coated.
  4. Lay croutons flat on an aluminum foil or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and crunchy. Stir the croutons halfway through, so they bake evenly.
  6. Remove from oven, serve with soup or salad and enjoy! (Store in an air-tight container, if not eating immediately.)