Chef John's Homemade Croutons
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Chef John's Homemade Croutons

Chef John 26738

"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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3 h 55 m servings 474 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 474 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 32.4 g
  • 50%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.1g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 12.7 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 890 mg
  • 36%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  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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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 r...

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

Delicious croutons. A little kick of heat, with my BIG pinch of cayenne. Only changes were-oil and garlic infused less than 3 hours, but added yummy garlic juices from my jar of minced garlic. A...

Easy and delicious!

Quick and easy. Have made these about 6 times now. The amount of you get at the store within the delicious croutons it outrageous but this here is a no brainer. I've also done rosemary oi...

Made these croutons using garlic, olive oil, herbs, spices and lots of seasoning . No parmesan. Did not infuse just dunked!! Cooked only half the time too. OMG They are so delicious with celery...

The best way I've found to do it is to whip it by hand instead and putting the oil a little at a time. You have more control and your mayonnaise will always emulsify as long as you don't go too ...

Loved your receipt. Easy without too many ingredients. Used Good Seasons Italian Seasoning in packages and it proved excellent choice. Will make many times over. Thanks!

OMG these were so delish!!! Thank you for this recipe. It was easy to do. My 13 y/o son did all the work but I did the cutting. When they came out the oven, me, my mom, and son couldn't stop ea...

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