Homemade Croutons Are Better than Store-bought
What I especially love about this recipe is that these croutons taste so fresh, unlike the store-bought croutons that taste “old” and “stale”.
They come out very crispy, airy, and every bite has a shattering crunch. Seriously, garlic herb Parmesan croutons are the best homemade croutons!
What’s more, it takes less than 25 minutes to make them, from prep time to out of the oven. Easy peasy, quick and tasty!
How to make croutons
I think you are going to love this croutons recipe because it’s so quick and easy to make.
The deliciousness that comes from slices of day-old bread and some fresh herbs is simply amazing. If you have leftover or day-old bread on hand, this is an excellent recipe to help you use it up.
What kind of bread should I use?
Instead of Italian bread or a package of stuffing cubes, when I’m making croutons, I use slices of regular sandwich bread. They turn out great, and it costs less money to make them; it’s a win-win!
Options for fresh herbs
When I make garlic herb Parmesan croutons, I use fresh parsley but you can use any fresh herbs that you like. Or if you just want garlic croutons, you can make this recipe without any herbs.
This Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons recipe is from Epicurious, but adapted a little bit to fit what little G likes to eat.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long can homemade croutons last?
If you store your croutons in an air-tight container, they should keep well for up to a week without losing any flavor or texture.
We all love the croutons and who knows? If I use homemade croutons, maybe little G will start eating his salad.
How many calories per serving?
One serving (1 cup) of garlic herb Parmesan croutons has 251 calories.
What to Serve with this Recipe?
This dish is best served with salad or soup. For a healthy meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly pounded
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 pieces bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
- 1/4 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
- In a small saucepan combine the garlic, parsley, salt, and the oil and simmer the mixture for 3 minutes. Discard the garlic. In a bowl toss the bread cubes with the oil mixture, spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in the middle of oven for 8 minutes. Sprinkle the croutons with the Parmesan and bake them for 5 minutes more, or until they are golden. Sprinkle the croutons with the additional salt and let them cool. The croutons keep in an airtight container for 1 week. Serve the croutons as a topping for tossed green salad.
Serving Size1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 251Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 3mgSodium 552mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 7g