Never underestimate what homemade Rustic Buttery Garlic Croutons can add to your steaming hot bowl of soup or fresh crisp salad! They are so easy to make, and I just love the crispy, buttery, crunch they add.
Many homemade crouton recipes start with cubing the bread, but we’ve found that tearing the bread rather than cutting it gives rough edges that brown more readily and add additional texture. Day-old bread works well for this recipe. If you have a larger loaf of bread, you can tear half of it for croutons and then freeze the other half for croutons another day.
I like to coat the torn bread pieces in a mixture of butter and avocado oil, along with dried garlic, onion, and parsley.
Watching very carefully, I toast them under the broiler, stirring every time the tops are golden, and then returning them to the broiler. It will only take 3-5 minutes, so don’t even walk away from the oven!
If you’d like to, you can grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the hot croutons right out of the oven. Add them to the top of your soup, and just like that, you’ve elevated a really good bowl of soup to a fantastic one! I’ll be sharing a new recipe for a Roasted Vegetable Soup next week here and we’ll put these Rustic Buttery Garlic Croutons to good use.
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- 1 loaf of French bread (8 ounces)
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- Tear bread into 1-2 inch pieces and place on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, melt butter and add oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley. Stir to combine.
- Drizzle butter mixture over bread pieces and toss to coat evenly.
- Place baking sheet on center rack of the oven and turn oven to broil. Toast the bread pieces until the tops are golden brown, then remove from the oven, and stir. Return to the oven to broil. Watch carefully, this will only take 3-5 minutes.
- Stir again, and then remove when nicely toasted on all sides.
- Serve the croutons over soup or salad. Tastes best served immediately after baking.
- Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories: 107
- Sugar: 0.9g
- Sodium: 144mg
- Fat: 6.6g
- Saturated Fat: 2.7g
- Unsaturated Fat: 3.4g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Fiber: 0.5g
- Protein: 2.1g
- Cholesterol: 10mg