It only takes a few minutes to make your own homemade croutons and the little bit of extra effort compared to buying them at the grocery store is SO worth it!
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The combination of garlic and butter is hard to beat…and when you add that to bread and make homemade croutons, even better! I've made this crouton recipe so many times now and every time I do, I ask myself why I ever bothered buying them instead.
The perfect topping
Homemade croutons are always good on salad, but I reallllly love adding them to soup.
You KNOW I've got some soup recipes that go perfectly with this crouton recipe.
Find them here:
How to Make Homemade Croutons for Salad
- White bread, cubed
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Start with about 200 g of white bread, cubed. If it's a few days old, it will have already dried out a bit and bake faster. If you're using fresh bread, it will need to bake a bit longer.
- Melt butter in the microwave. Combine with olive oil and add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and parsley.
- Toss half the bread cubes with half of the butter/oil mixture. Add the second half of the bread cubes and the rest of the butter oil. Mix well so all pieces are coated.
- Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 375F for about 12-18 minutes, making sure to stir regularly.
How to Make Vegan Croutons
There's no reason homemade croutons can't be made vegan! Just swap in vegan butter and ensure you're using vegan bread (most bread is vegan to begin with, just watch out for animal-based sweeteners)
- 200 g white bread, cubed approximately — about half a large French loaf
- 4 tablespoon butter melted
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon parsley dried
- Preheat oven to 375F
- In a microwaveable dish, add your butter, and melt in the microwave. Add the olive oil to the melted butter. Next, add in onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and parsley and mix well.
- Add half of your cubed bread to a large bowl. Mix half of your butter/oil mix to half of the bread, mix well. Add the second half of the bread cubes to the bowl. Add the rest of the butter/oil and mix well with your hands until all pieces are lightly coated. Then, spread your bread cubes onto a large pan lined with parchment paper or tin foil.
- Bake for 12-18 minutes (see notes), stirring every few minutes. When the buttery croutons are crisped to perfection, let them cool and serve. Or, store in an airtight container at room temperature.
- If your bread was quite fresh, it will need to bake for longer. Stale bread that has already dried out a bit will cook faster. Keep an eye on the croutons so they don't burn.
- If it seems like your croutons are cooking too fast or burning, turn the heat down to 350F and stir more often.
So, do yourself a favor and whip up a quick batch of homemade croutons and crunch your way to happiness with these garlicky, buttery croutons!
Hope you love them!
xo - C