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Homemade Garlic & Parmesan Croutons

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | March 3rd, 2017 | Recipes, Simple Solutions
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homemade garlic parmesan croutonsI’m going to let you in on a little secret. I usually buy croutons. I, queen of make it yourself, buy croutons at the grocery store. I’ll hold my head in shame and go sit on the stairs for a while to contemplate the error of my ways.

Or I could just rectify this issue by making my own croutons. We aren’t big crouton people at my house. If I buy a bag, it lasts for months. In fact, they usually go stale before they’re eaten. So, recently when I was planning to serve a caesar salad as part of our tapas menu, I decided I should just make my own. Guess what I discovered? They were delicious!

If you’re a regular eater of croutons, I can understand why adding this cooking item may feel like a chore. I do understand that. All I’d suggest is that if there’s a special occasion in the near future that will include salad, make these homemade croutons. Maybe think of them as fancy pants croutons. Because they kind of are.

What I found amazing about the homemade croutons was their richness. Being freshly made I could get all of the flavors of the olive oil, parmesan, and garlic. They really were quite delicious and worthy of the time for a special meal. The enjoyment of eating them will more than compensate for the time spent making them!

Homemade Garlic & Parmesan Croutons

Yields 2
Rich, flavorful bites of crunchy bread goodness


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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
15 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
15 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cubed bread
  2. 2 Tb. olive oil
  3. ¼ – ½ tsp. garlic powder*
  4. Salt & pepper
  5. Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Place cubed bread in a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil; toss.
  4. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper; toss.
  5. Spread bread cubes on baking sheet.
  6. Grate parmesan cheese liberally over croutons.
  7. Bake for 5 minutes, toss.
  8. Bake for 5 more minutes, toss.
  9. Bake for 5 additional minutes or until golden and crunchy.
Notes
  1. If you prefer more garlic flavor, go with 1/2 teaspoon.
  2. Depending on your oven, the croutons will be ready between 10 and 15 minutes.
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