Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Crunchy Croutons

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

Follow the basic recipe then skip down to the various seasoning options to mix-n-match what goes with your salad, soup or meal. Life never has to be boring again!


  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Melt butter; remove from heat, stir in garlic powder (or other seasoning).
  3. Cut French (or Italian) bread loaf into 1/2-inch slices, then into cubes; place in large bowl.
  4. Drizzle garlic-butter over bread cubes, tossing lightly.
  5. Spread cubes in a single layer on a cookie sheet or cake pan.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, stir; bake for 5 more minutes, stir again & check to see if the cubes are dry & crispy.
  7. SEASONING OPTIONS: Use seasoning ingredients listed below--instead of the garlic listed above. All other directions remain the same!
  8. Parmesan Croutons: 3 T. Parmesan, grated; 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder.
  9. Dill Croutons: 1 teaspoons dill weed.
  10. Cajun Croutons: 1 teaspoons Cajun seasoning.
  11. Onion Croutons: 1/4 teaspoons onion powder.
  12. Mustard Croutons: 1 teaspoons dry mustard, 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder.
  13. Herby Croutons: 1 teaspoons basil, 1 teaspoons oregano, 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder.
  14. Pizza Croutons: 1 teaspoons basil, 1 teaspoons oregano, 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder.
  15. Now--come up with some of your own!
Most Helpful

I made these last night and thought they were great. In fact, I kept snacking on them during the day ~ they are that good! I made the original recipe using a loaf of sourdough and they came out wonderful ~ I did have to bake about 20 minutes total to get them nice and crispy. Thanks so much for posting a keeper ~ no need to buy them anymore!!!

Lvs2Cook August 16, 2007

OMG, OMG, OMG!! These are SO good! I just took them out of the oven, and they are to DIE for!! Made the basic recipe tonight, with about half a loaf of sourdough, but I am looking forward to trying many variations over time. Thanks for sharing a fabulous and simple recipe. Must... eat... more... :-)

MacMama63 January 13, 2011

Yum! These turned out great! I used the herby option and nibbled on these all day! Thank you Debber! Made for the Zaar Star game.

Sharon123 January 14, 2008