Homemade Croutons Made From Leftover French Bread
Homemade Croutons Are the Way to Go
Croutons are such a small part of a salad that you wouldn't think they could affect whether or not you like a salad, would you? You might feel differently if you've ever had the rock-hard, store-bought croutons that so many of us know. Croutons are just a small piece of bread, usually flavored with salt and other spices, but they can be such a tasty addition when they're homemade.
I love to make these croutons right before serving dinner so that I can add the still-warm pieces of tasty goodness to my already yummy salad. I always make more than we need for dinner because they inevitably get snacked on as we're preparing the meal—before they've even made it to the salad bowl! These croutons are often the bargaining chip I use to get my son to eat his salad, too. And he really will eat it if he knows he can top it with these!
You can customize this recipe with whatever your favorite spices are—the key is to use butter to get that delicious buttery flavor along with the spices.
- 1/2 loaf French bread, cubed
- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/8 teaspoon onion salt
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon tarragon
- 1/4 teaspoon basil
- Melt butter in a pan on medium-high heat. While the pan is heating up and the butter is melting, cube all of the bread with a serrated knife and place it into the pan.
- Toss to coat the bread in butter. Continue to move the bread around to prevent burning and to ensure even crispiness on all sides.
- Add all spices and continue to toss the bread in the pan with a spatula.
- Continue to sauté the bread until it is crispy and slightly browned on the edges.
- Serve immediately with a salad. I like to keep the croutons in a separate bowl until serving so that they stay warm and crunchy and do not absorb any of the moisture from the salad.
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|Serving size: 4|
|Calories from Fat||90|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 10 g||15%|
|Saturated fat 5 g||25%|
|Carbohydrates 7 g||2%|
|Sugar 1 g|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 23 mg||8%|
|Sodium 187 mg||8%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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