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How to Make Croutons

Add a homemade touch to your favorite salads when you make your own croutons in two easy steps.

Make crispy croutons in your oven with just bread and butter! They make a welcome addition to your favorite fresh salads and only take two short steps.

What you’ll need:

  • 10 slices (1/2 inch thick) firm white or whole-grain bread
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 15x10x1-inch pan 

How to:

1. Heat oven to 300°F. Cut bread slices into ½-inch cubes. Spread in single layer in 15x10x1-inch pan. Drizzle butter evenly over bread cubes; toss to coat.

2. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until golden brown, dry and crisp. Cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature up to 2 days. how-to-make-croutons_hero
To make Garlic Croutons: Add 3 cloves of garlic, very finely chopped, or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder to butter before drizzling over bread cubes. 

To make Herbed Croutons: Drizzle bread cubes with olive oil instead of butter. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning and ½ teaspoon salt; toss to coat. 

To make Pumpernickel or Rye Croutons: Substitute pumpernickel or rye bread. Bake as directed or until pumpernickel cubes are dry and crisp and rye cubes are light golden brown, dry and crisp.

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