Have you ever looked at all the different flavors of croutons there are out there? Now, I like to sit and munch on croutons like most people do with potato chips. The absolute best croutons (as well as potato chips), to me, are homemade. I know, you are thinking, “Stale bread is stale bread”, right? OK, yes, it basically is just stale bread, but it is just better when you make them at home. There is something about the aroma of the garlic that fills the whole house. It gives me that content feeling, like everything is good in the world……
Everything begins with a loaf of French bread. I prefer using fresh made bread, but the most efficient thing to do would be to use leftover French bread that is a day or so old.
Next, you will slice about the bread into 3/4″ slices. Three should be plenty.
Once you cut those three slices into cubes, you should end up with around 2-2 1/2 cups of bread.
The only other ingredients that you need for this recipe are one clove of garlic and 1/4 cup of butter. I used the Land O’Lake butter with olive oil and sea salt, but regular butter will work just as well. I am just always looking for a way to add more flavor.
Everything is fairly simple. You want to melt the butter first and then add the garlic. You don’t want the garlic to get brown. Just cook it for a minute or two until it is translucent and fragrant. Add the bread cubes to the butter and toss until the cubes are coated in the butter and garlic.
Spread the butter coated bread cubes on a parchment lined sheet pan. Place the sheet pan in a 350° oven. It will take around 15 minutes. You should check them about half way through the cook time. You may need to turn some of the cubes so that they evenly brown.
Once they are done, let them sit and cool completely. You will have perfect, flavorful croutons. It is amazing that in around 45 minutes (this includes prep and cooling time), you can have croutons that are better than anything you can buy in a bag.