Giant Homemade Croutons

Giant Homemade Croutons

Green Salads are made with just a simple bed of lettuce.  What makes an everyday salad into something special is a delicious dressing and lots of goodies on top!

These giant, homemade croutons make an home everyday salad into something memorable!

You know how boxed croutons can be. You could break a tooth on those nuggets!  These are delightfully light and crispy with a mild hint of garlic (If you prefer a bolder flavor, you can add more garlic!) Because you make these yourself, they can be customized to suit your taste.

You can make these with any kind of leftover, or even stale, bread.  I like to use day old French bread and cut it into 1” cubes using a sharp knife (I actually prefer to use my electric knife because is glides right through the soft bread and the cubes don’t get smashed.)

Here’s what you’ll need to make a batch:

½ loaf French bread, cut in 1” cubes (remove crust if desired)

¼ c. melted butter (use real butter, not margarine!)

¼ t. garlic powder (more or less, depending on your taste)

Put the bread cubes into a large bowl.  In a separate small bowl, stir the garlic powder into the melted butter and very slowly, drizzle over the bread cubes. Use a large spoon to lightly stir the cubes from the bottom of the bowl to allow the garlic butter to coat them evenly.

toasted croutons

Pour out onto a baking sheet and bake at 325° for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden.  Turn cubes halfway through baking to allow them to toast evenly.  Cool on the pan.

When cool, put them in an airtight plastic bag to keep them fresh.

1 thought on “Giant Homemade Croutons”

  1. My recipe is similar to yours except I don’t put butter in mine. I will try it your way if you will try
    mine. 1/2 loaf French bread, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoons oregano, 1 teaspoon
    garlic salt, 2 tablespoons salad oil. After you cube your bread, set aside, in another bowl mix the
    the other ingredients. Then pour over bread and put in sheet pan and bake 10-12 minutes on 300.
    You can store the same way you do, only problem they really go fast and have none to store. Email
    me if you like them.

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