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Baked Croutons

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Yields 2 to 3 cups.

Baguettes, white sandwich bread, and English muffins make great baked croutons.

  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 4 oz. (2 to 3 cups) bread cubes;
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Heat the oven to 350°F. In a small skillet, melt the butter or heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic clove, mashing and breaking it up slightly with a wooden spoon, and raise the heat to medium. Cook until the garlic just begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and discard the garlic clove. Put the bread cubes in a mixing bowl, drizzle the melted butter or oil all over, sprinkle on the salt, and toss to distribute evenly. Spread the cubes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden all the way around, turning once or twice with a spatula, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per 1/4 cup; Calories (kcal): 80; Fat (g): fat g 5; Fat Calories (kcal): 45; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 3; Protein (g): protein g 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 7; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 220; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 10; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

These are wonderful! I made them exactly like the recipe and my family loved them! Also made them with gluten-free bread for my husband and he was in heaven.

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