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Chef John's Homemade Croutons  Recipe
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  • READY IN ABOUT 4 hrs

Chef John's Homemade Croutons

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"Don't let stale baguettes go to waste! These garlic-parmesan croutons are the perfect crunchy topper for salads and soups. And they're ridiculously easy to make."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins
  • READY IN

    3 hrs 55 mins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  2. Stir olive oil and garlic together in a bowl. Let sit at room temperature until flavors are infused, about 3 hours.
  3. Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Pour garlic oil through a strainer onto the bread; toss to coat bread with oil. Add 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Italian seasoning, paprika, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper; toss to coat. Spread bread cubes out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn croutons and bake 15 minutes more. Push croutons together with a spatula so that they are in a compact rectangle on the baking sheet and no longer spread out; sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup cheese over the top. Bake until cheese is melted and the bread is crispy and crunchy, 10 to 15 minutes more.
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Nov 16, 2014

The day that I made these, I didn't have any shredded cheese on hand, but I made them anyway. This was one of the easiest recipes, it was quick & the croutons were DELICIOUS. They had just the right amount of everything to make them good, and my kids liked them so much they ate the leftovers without any salad. Good job Chef John!

 
Jun 22, 2014

Delicious croutons. A little kick of heat, with my BIG pinch of cayenne. Only changes were-pol and garlic infused less than 3 hours, but added yummy garlic juices from my jar of minced garlic. Also skipped last step of adding the additional 1/4 cup parm. Lastly jacked the heat up to 325 for the last 15 min.

 

6 Ratings

Nov 23, 2014

very tasty

 
Oct 26, 2014

No need to buy them at the store with this recipe! Easy and delicious. I omitted the cayenne pepper.

 
Sep 06, 2014

What an easy & delicious recipe. I followed just as the recipe stated. I thought they were very very good. Mine may have been a little overdone (my oven is just hot) so I may reduce cooking time by 10 minutes or so. Will make again...definitely.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 474 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.1 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 32.4 g
  • 50%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 12.7 g
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 890 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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