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Simple Homemade Croutons

Crusty, crunchy, chewy, buttery, savory, herbed, homemade Croutons.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword buttery, crusty, simple
Servings 6
Calories 175kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium size Crusty Bread Load about 4 cups cut or torn up into pieces
  • 3/4 stick unsalted Butter divided, 1/2 stick...then 1/4
  • 2 tsp coarse Sea Salt or 1 tsp of fine Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp ground fresh black pepper or more to taste
  • herbs and spices to taste
  • 3 gloves minced Garlic

Instructions

  • STEP ONE: Melt Butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
  • STEP TWO: Chop fresh herbs and garlic and saute until just soft. If you're using dried herbs and seasonings...add in the next step.
  • STEP THREE: Add bread cubes, a little more butter (2 tbls), then sprinkle ground herbs, garlic salt, sea salt, pepper, and seasonings. Toss to mix and then toast bread cubes until golden.
  • STEP FOUR: Bake in the oven at 250o-275o for at least 30 minutes. Stir in 15 minutes intervals until the croutons are dark golden brown and crunchy. Serve warm or room temperature.

Notes

If you're using oil, toss the bread cubes and fresh herbs with the oil in a bowl. Let the cube and oil mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes. Toss again right before you toast on top of the stove in a skillet. Note: Make sure you use all of the oil leftover on the bottom of the bowl.
Bread type and size of the bread cube make a big difference in baking times and crunch level. I like bigger bread cubes when using an Artisian type bread. If you're using leftover sandwich bread, buns, or breadsticks the cooking time will be less. Instead of turning every 15 minutes, toss every 8 or 10 minutes.