Easy Crunchy Garlic Croutons Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Croutons are a great garnish for green salads and (as with any croutons), toss them in at the very last minute to prevent them from getting soggy. You want your bread to be at least a day old. It'll be easier to cut and holds it's shape better. We used my mom's ultra soft wheat bread (Visit NatashasKitchen.com for the video and photo tutorial). You could also use a basic french bread with great results.
In a small sauce pan, combine: 2 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 pressed garlic cloves, 1 Tbsp chopped parsley, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir to combine then set aside and let the flavors infuse into the oil while you chop your bread.
Cut your bread into 3/4" cubes. For goodness sake, don't remove the crust! It adds variety and great crunch to these croutons. Transfer to large mixing bowl.
Drizzle the seasoned olive oil over your chopped bread and toss until bread crumbs have an even coating of oil.
Spread the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 375˚F for
-20 minutes until they are golden brown and crunchy. (mine took 20 min)
Serve these up with your favorite green salad.