Garlic Parmesan Croutons are so good, you may never get the store bought ones again!
It’s no secret I’m bread obsessed. I mean, hello! Look at the name of this site. But if you can believe it, I’d never made my own croutons. I’ve meant to more time than I can count, and it just never happened. But this week I grabbed to bull by the horns and got on it!
Now I’m kicking for not doing this sooner! These croutons are a snap to make and have a great flavorful. They totally made my salad, and I was all proud of myself for making them from scratch as I scarfed that salad down. Seriously, the next time you have some French bread or a baguette that’s been sitting for a day or two don’t throw it away! Make croutons instead. Your salad will love you for it.
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ loaf French bread (2 days old), about 4 cups
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a medium bow, combine garlic and oil. Set garlic steep for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a Sil-Pat.
- Cut bread into ½-inch pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Strain garlic from oil and pour oil over bread. Add ½ the garlic the oil to the bowl. Season with Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, paprika, pepper, and salt. Stir with a large spoon until bread cubes are well coated and seasonings are evenly distributed.
- Pour bread cubes onto prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, and then stir croutons. Bake for another 15 minutes, and then group the croutons together so they're touching. Bake for another 10 minutes.
- Remove croutons from the oven and let cool to room temperature before serving.