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Buttery Homemade Croutons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 loaf of Italian or French bread (10 ounces or 6 cups), cut into cubes
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Cook Time:

10 minutes

Serves:

12

Buttery and toasted, these easy croutons are the perfect finishing touch to any salad or soup.

Why Try? Homemade croutons are leaps and bounds better in taste and texture than the store-bought version and they are so simple to make.

Foodie Byte: This recipe calls for olive oil, but if you have leftover bacon grease, you can use that instead to really pump up the flavor. These croutons are excellent for nearly any green salad, but are especially superb with our Caesar salad recipe.

Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, heat the butter and oil with the garlic clove until sizzling.
  2. Pour oil mixture over bread cubes, toss, and then return to pan.
  3. Heat over medium heat and, turning as they brown, cook them until evenly toasted. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories 142, Carbohydrates 13g, Cholesterol 10mg, Fat 9g, Fat Calories 78, Fiber 0.57g, Protein 3g, Saturated Fat 3g, Sodium 122mg. Daily Values: Calcium 12.03mg 1%, Phos 28.45mg 3%, Copper 0.03mg 2%, Zinc 0.23mg 2%, Panto 0.09mg 1%, Biotin 0.25mcg 83%, Iodine 1.28mcg 1%, Magnesium 6.77mg 2%, Iron 0.89mg 5%, Vitamin B6 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Vitamin B12 0%, Vitamin D 1%, Vit E-a-Toco 3%, Vitamin A 2%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.