Homemade Garlic and Herb Croutons

Easy homemade garlic and herb croutons, crisp and flavorful! A perfect addition to your favorite salad, soup or enjoyed as is!

Easy homemade garlic and herb crouton recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I feel like it’s been Spring for a while now, since this Winter has been extra strange. And because of that, it feels like it should be Summer soon. I know… not quite. In fact, we’re supposed to get snow today and sometime over the weekend. Such a rollercoaster Winter weather wise. Ready for it to be over. How about you? At least the Robins’ have started showing up. To me, that’s a good sign that Spring really is on it’s way for real this time.

I know you’re dying to know that I finished Gilmore Girls this week. Clearly at some point I gave up on the show when it was originally airing because I don’t remember the last season at all. I’m kind of bummed how it ended but it leaves a world of possibilities for the new season. I wish they’d hurry up and get it done already, but my guess is it probably hasn’t even started filming yet.

Just 5 more weeks until Game of Thrones… are you ready? Are you all caught up? I feel like I want to do a refresher, but we’ll see if that happens.

School vacation is quickly approaching so I’m looking for some great books to read. I’m totally out of the loop, so send me your best recommendations for must read books… the kind you that are so good, you just can’t put them down.

Easy homemade garlic and herb crouton recipe from @bakedbyrachel

When I was little, I used to try to steal the croutons off of my parents’ salads. They were my favorite part. Crunchy little bits of awesomeness. The best part of a salad.

I still love croutons, but having them around the house is problematic. We all hear them calling to us from the cabinet. Taunting us. Reminding us they’re still there. Okay, I’m being silly. But really, they’re just so good, they’re truly irresistible. Completely snack-able.

When we indulge in croutons these days, they’re of this variety. Not only because they’re ridiculously good. But, also because I can control the ingredients and know that they’re allergy friendly. It may surprise some, but so many store brand croutons aren’t peanut allergy friendly. Crazy right? Homemade is the way to go.

Safe. Easy. Flavorful. And wallet friendly.

Ditch the store bought croutons and whip up these super easy homemade garlic and herb croutons for your next salad or soup…or to snack on. I won’t judge one bit.

I’d like to say they’ll last for quite a while stored well… but truthfully, they’re just so good, they may not last very long at all.

Easy homemade garlic and herb crouton recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Homemade Garlic and Herb Croutons

Easy homemade garlic and herb croutons, crisp and flavorful! A perfect addition to your favorite salad, soup or enjoyed as is!

Ingredients:

  • 1: 15oz loaf Italian bread, day old
  • 3Tb olive oil
  • 1/4C unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Slice bread into cubes. Add half of the bread cubes to a large bowl. Set aside. 
  3. Combine olive oil, melted butter and seasonings. Whisk well to combine. Drizzle half of the mixture over half of the bread cubes in the bowl. Toss to coat well. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bread cubes and butter mixture. Spread cubes into an even layer. 
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, tossing every 10-15 minutes. Cook until crisp and lightly golden. 
  5. Cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container. 

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Easy homemade garlic and herb crouton recipe from @bakedbyrachel
Easy homemade garlic and herb crouton recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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12 Responses to “Homemade Garlic and Herb Croutons”

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    Kristen — March 18, 2016 at 7:08 am

    These look incredible. And if you get any good book recommendations..let me know. I am out of the loop as well.

    • Rachel — March 19th, 2016 @ 7:51 am

      Thanks Kristen! I’ll be sure to let you know if I get any good recs :)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — March 18, 2016 at 7:29 am

    How have I never made my own croutons before!? It looks SO simple and I bet they are 2849309 times better than store bought!

    • Rachel — March 19th, 2016 @ 7:51 am

      You definitely need to!

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    Jessica Wilson@sweetooth — March 18, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Man, I wish I could just reach in and grab them!! They look amazing!!

    • Rachel — March 19th, 2016 @ 7:51 am

      Thanks Jessica!

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    Jasmin Bleeks — March 18, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    YUM. Homemade croutons are a world away from their shop stocked counterpart, can’t wait to cook up a tray of these for soups.

    • Rachel — March 19th, 2016 @ 7:51 am

      They really are! Thanks Jasmin :)

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    Beverley Press — March 19, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Rachel these are yummy and much more healthy than shop bought. Thank you xoxo

    • Rachel — March 19th, 2016 @ 7:51 am

      Totally agree! Thanks Beverley!

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    Layla @Gimme Delicious — March 19, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I add croutons on almost everything. This homemade version looks delicious.

    • Rachel — March 20th, 2016 @ 10:54 am

      Thanks Layla!

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