Parmesan Herb Croutons
Forget buying croutons at the store! You can easily make it at home with much better results. We just served these for dinner with the family this Sunday and everyone raved about them. Dinner with “the family” means at least 15 people, when it’s Sergi’s immediate family, and that’s only part of us. That’s what happens when you have 10 brother and one sister:). The point is, these croutons passed the test.
They are crisp and crunchy, but you won’t break a tooth on them. The biggest advantage homemade croutons have over store-bought ones are the taste: I made mine with garlic, herbs, Parmesan cheese, butter and olive oil. No stale taste involved at all here! Besides, who doesn’t have a few leftover slices of bread lying around? You can store the stragglers in the freezer until you have a collection large enough to make a batch. Not only are croutons delicious with salads, they are also great sprinkled on soup, such as Creamy Tomato Soup.
5 cups bread cubes
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, minced or grated
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 Tablespoon parsley, minced (you can also use rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.)
1 teaspoon dry herbs (whatever kind you like)
1/4 teaspoon salt, ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut the bread into cubes, as big as you like. I like them pretty small, about 1/2 inch. I usually use Italian bread, but you can use whichever bread suits your fancy.
In a bowl, whisk together the melted butter, olive oil, minced parsley, dry herbs, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. You can also add other herbs, like thyme or rosemary.
Toss with the bread cubes until they are evenly coated.
Spread the bread cubes evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. You can make one small batch and spread it out sparsely like this.
Or cut up a whole loaf that you bought specifically to make croutons and you’ll have a lot more:).
Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, depending on how big you cut the bread cubes. Stir the croutons halfway throughout baking.
Store the croutons in a covered container or a ziplock bag.
- 5 cups bread cubes
- 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced or grated
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- 1 Tablespoon parsley, minced (you can also use rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.)
- 1 teaspoon dry herbs (whatever kind you like)
- ¼ teaspoon salt, ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut the bread into cubes. Whisk the other ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the bread cubes to the bowl and toss until evenly coated.
- Spread the bread cubes evenly on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the bread cubes. Stir the croutons halfway through baking.
- Store in a covered container or ziptop bag.
Wow. What a great idea! Thank you Olga for for sharing this, I will definitely be making these=))) Blessings to you!
These are SO good! I’ve made them several times already, and I always get such great responses from everyone. I always share your site with them:)
Olya, These croutons are absolutely the best ever!!!!! I made some homemade bread and 1/4 of it didn’t get eaten so, it was becoming stale. Instead of feeding to the ducks, I thought why don’t I try Olya’s recipe for the homemade croutons? I am so glad that I did, this will be my go-to recipe for my family and when we have a company over to serve them with a simple salad. Thank you so much for sharing your good and yummy findings!
Olya, I just want to let you know that every single recipe that I’ve tried from you always turns out very delicious! Thank you again and again! I don’t know what I’d do without you!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Tatyana. I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes.
These croutons are a huge favorite in my family too:). Every time I make them, they disappear with lighting speed.
Olga, I just wanted to let you know that everyone in my family loves these croutons. They are so so delicious! My daughter loves to eat salads because she said she gets to eat her favorable croutons! You are the best and your recipes are easy, simple and delicious! May God bless you and your family!