Whenever I want croutons in my salad, I will absolutely make them myself. Those store bought croutons . . . well they are flavorless, hard little rocks to me. I just don’t get the point of them.
These homemade croutons are quick and easy. In 15 minutes you will have big, soft chewy chunks of bread, drizzled with garlic butter and toasted to a golden perfection. Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. And ready to soak up all the dressing and juices from your salad!
Start with your favorite loaf of bread. It doesn’t need to be stale. Actually, the croutons are chewier if the bread is fairly fresh.
Cut the bread into large cubes. Of course, you can make small croutons, too. But just know that they will be crunchier.
You’ll need about 4 ounces of your favorite butter. Mine is Kerrygold. I always have it in my butter dish!
Peel and smash 3 cloves of garlic. No chopping or mincing necessary.
Throw the garlic in with the butter and heat until it’s melted and fragrant. Drizzle the cubes and give a gentle toss.
Bake until they’re toasted and golden. It only takes 15 minutes! You can prep your salad while they are baking.
There’s a million ways to making croutons. But sometimes I just like the simplicity of a single flavor like garlic. Feel free to add herbs, or cheese, or anything you’d like. And of course, you can add other flavors by the bread you choose to use.
Keeping the croutons uncomplicated makes them perfect for any salad. I like my croutons soft and chewy because they really soak up your salad dressing. And I really love these bigger croutons in tomato panzanellas. Perfect for sopping up all the juice from the tomatoes!
- 12 ounces of bread, sliced 1 inch thick and cubed (about 4 cups)
- 4 ounces of butter
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
- ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
- cracked black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet.
- Place the butter and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted.
- Remove the garlic.
- Drizzle the butter over the bread cubes and carefully toss.
- Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- With a spatula, flip the bread cubes.
- Turn off the heat and let the cubes bake for another 5 minutes, until golden brown.
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