Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 0 mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 tablespoons margarine (unsalted)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 teaspoon basil
  • 12 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cups whole wheat bread cubes


  1. In a large skillet, heat margarine.
  2. Add seasonings.
  3. Cook for about 1 minute to soften.
  4. Stir in bread cubes and saute until browned and crisp.
  5. Scatter on tops of soups or salads just before serving.
  6. VARIATIONS: - try other seasonings of your choice such as curry powder, cut into cubes.
  7. Spread on ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Toast in 400 deg F oven for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown and crisp.
  9. Store in tin at room temperature for 1-2 days; some of their crispness will be lost if stored in plastic container.
  10. They may be reheated and crisped in 350 deg F oven for 5 minutes.
Most Helpful

These are awesome!!! I started them on the stovetop, and then finished in the oven. Thanks Riff!!!

Kirstin in the Couv January 05, 2008

VERY GOOD...I really enjoyed these and made an extra batch to keep on hand to munch on. THANK YOU for sharing.

Sherrybeth May 11, 2006

My crouton-loving children gave these 10 stars, lol. They ate nearly all of them straight off the cookie sheet, I barely salvaged enough for my salad! I used the oven method and the only change I made was to use olive oil instead of margarine (personal preference) and mix everything in a large bowl before baking. They were crunchy and crispy all the way through, even though my chunks of French bread were rather thick, no problems with soggy or mushy croutons. I made a second batch and played around with the herbs, changing a portion of it to rosemary and thyme (but no parsley or sage, lol) and using a mix of olive and canola oils. They were great and I love that this recipe is quick, easy, forgiving of alterations, and a great way to use bread that is otherwise too stale to use. My daughters have already asked if we could just buy a loaf of French bread and turn the entire thing into these croutons, lol! Thanks SO much for posting this winner, Riff; it will get a lot of use around here! :o)

winkki July 06, 2005