Have you ever wondered how to make homemade croutons? By the time it takes to drive to the store, you can prepare a fresh homemade 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 croutons again!
- 1 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.