Have you ever wondered how to make croutons? By the time it takes to drive to the store, you can prepare a freshly made crouton recipe using a day-old French baguette, parmesan cheese, olive oil, flat leaf parsley and garlic. Use these in your favorite stuffing recipe, on top of pumpkin soup or cheddar-ale soup, or with your favorite Caesar salad. You’ll never buy store-bought again!
- One day-old French baguette, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic-shallot puree or 4 cloves or mashed garlic
- 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- Fresh cracked pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Cut baguette into 1/2-inch cubes and place in a large mixing bowl.
- In a pan, heat the olive oil and butter together. When melted, stir in the garlic. Cook down, stirring, about 2 minutes. Remove larger bits of garlic.
- Drizzle oil mixture over the bread cubes and toss lightly.
- Now mix in the Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Layer in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake 20-25 minutes, turning once or twice during baking.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Keep these in an airtight container for up to one week.
Recipe by Jason Hill / CookingSessions.com
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