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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Who Knew? How To...Garlic Buttered Herb Croutons.

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Thanks Stie and hope you all enjoy!

While making Garlic Buttered Herb Croutons surely isn't rocket science, it is an easy way to add humongous flavor to practically anything you put them on.  I always have a container on hand and wouldn't think of serving a green salad without those delicious buttery, crunchy tidbits. 

You'll find my version won't break your teeth because they aren't small bricks like the store-bought kind. They pack an awesome flavor punch and are way less expensive then the store-bought tiny bricks. What's not to like about that?

This is what you will need:
Day old bread, olive oil, butter, garlic, garlic powder, parsley, basil, Italian seasoning, dill and salt.

I start by finely mincing one clove of garlic.  Using day old French bread, I cut 1/4" to 1/2" cubes.

Next, measure out the seasonings. 

In a large skillet, melt about 3 or 4 T of butter and pour in 1/4 cup olive oil.  Drop in the minced garlic, garlic powder, basil, dill, parsley and Italian seasonings.

Next, drop in the bread cubes and stir until all the bread has been evenly coated.

Pour bread cubes onto a baking sheet that has been covered with foil and pop it into the hot box at 400℉ until croutons are golden. It doesn't take long.

Let cool completely.  I store mine in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid right out on my counter so I always remember to sprinkle some on....well, everything. I put them on the obvious, salads and soups. But these flavor nuggets are just what you need to class up a casserole or mac and cheese. Crush them and sprinkle on top of corn muffins just before baking. For that matter, crush and toss them on any savory bread, muffin or roll just prior to baking and well, I think you get the idea. Enjoy!


Here is the recipe:
Garlic Buttered Herb Croutons

1/2 loaf, day old French bread
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely minced
3 or 4 T butter
1/2 T parsley
1/2 T basil
1/2 T Italian seasoning
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2  t dill
Kosher salt to taste

Cut 1/2 of a loaf of day old French bread into 1/4" to 1/2" cubes.  Finely mince l clove
of garlic.

Using a large skillet, pour in 1/4 cup olive oil and 4 T of butter.  As butter is melting, drop
in the minced garlic.  Add the  seasonings, (parsley, basil, Italian seasonings, garlic powder and dill).  Stir and add the bread cubes.  Blend until all the bread is evenly coated.

Pour bread out onto a baking sheet which has been covered with foil.  Place in a 400℉
oven for about 5-7 minutes or until golden.   Remove from the oven and add salt to taste.

When completely cool, store in a air tight container.  Use on practically everything!


  1. Those look absolutely divine! I can't stand the ones at the store. Would never have even thought of making my own. Yum. I bet they'd be awesome crushed over my chicken noodle soup...

    Thanks so much for sharing. I am so making these today.

  2. Mmm. They sound amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  3. These look delicious and I like your ideas for extra uses. Thanks!

  4. Yum! I may just have to try those! They look great, and I agree that these would add something great to casseroles and other things. I never would have thought of it. =)