Pretty much any type of bread will make good croutons. You can use stale pieces of baguette to the end slices of a sandwich loaf. Good croutons follow these basic rules= Make sure to cut the bread into uniform pieces, the cubes must be tossed with olive oil that has been laced with the determined spices, and the pieces must be baked in a 350*F. oven until golden. These are great served over soup and salads, even good as a munchy. Adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.
- Adjust oven rack to the center postion in your oven and heat to 350*F.
- Whisk the oil, garlic, salt and Parmesan cheese together in a large bowl. Add the bread cubes and toss until thoroughly coated.
- Spread the bread cubes onto a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
- Allow the croutons to cool to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!
- This recipe makes enough for at least two large salads(2-3 quart salad). Any leftovers will keep in an airtight container or ziplock bag for about 1 week.
i completely agree with other review, delish!!!! I also added more olive oil to coat the bread. thanks for posting, will be only croutons in my household from now on!
There aren't enough stars for me to give this recipe. Absolutely LOVED it! I did increase the olive oil a little as the parmesan soaked it all up. These were delicious with a ranch salad. Thank you so much for posting!
Easy to prepare and delicious, I used brown sandwich bread since it was all I had, so I got quite robust croutons, but lovely served with soup on a cold evening! I'd like to make them using white bread next time, for that golden look! Very more-ish, I must have eaten half of them before they got as far as the soup!