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! The beauty of homemade croutons lies in their versatility. You have full control over the flavors and ingredients, allowing you to tailor them to your specific preferences. Plus, let's not forget about the smells that fill your kitchen as they bake to golden perfection in the oven!
So, the next time you find yourself contemplating whether to reach for the store-bought option, consider the little extra effort it takes to create your own homemade croutons.
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Indulge in the satisfaction of transforming simple ingredients into a delectable and customizable garnish for salads, soups, and more. Trust me, once you experience the incredible flavor and texture of homemade croutons (these ones in particular), you'll never look back.
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 garlic butter crouton recipe.
Find them here:
- HOMEMADE CAESAR SALAD DRESSING WITHOUT RAW ANCHOVIES
- OH-SO SATISFYING CAULIFLOWER SOUP WITH CHEDDAR
- CARROT COCONUT TOMATO SOUP
- TOMATO CHEDDAR SOUP
How to Make Homemade Croutons for Salad
Let's start with what you need to make croutons at home. Luckily, the ingredients are straightforward, simple, and mmost of them you'll have on hand already.
Garlic Butter Croutons Ingredients
- White bread, cubed
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried or fresh parsley
The reason I'm using powdered garlic and dried parsley is because I wanted this crouton recipe to be as simple and straight-forward as possible. I thought by using dried seasonings people would have a better chance of having those ingredients on hand.
- 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. I stir mine usually every 2-3 minutes.
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 - Chelsea
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