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Homemade Garlic Croutons

Do you love croutons like me? I could literally (and sometimes do…) snack on them like chips! But have you ever noticed how some are just sooo hard they can feel like they’ll break your teeth? If you make them homemade like I do you won’t have that problem! They are so easy and customizable to your taste. Today I’m showing you how to make homemade garlic croutons. So YUM.

Homemade Garlic Croutons recipe from http://ThisSillyGirlsLife.com easy, fast and flavorful! #HomemadeCroutons #Garlic #GarlicCroutons #recipe

Ingredients

1/2 each                          Loaf of French Bread

4 each                              Garlic Cloves, sliced

1/4 Cup                           Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

Cut the bread into bite sized cubes. I actually just tore the bread with my hands, I like the rustic look to it. I know that French bread sizes vary so just make enough of the bread pieces so they fill a gallon sized bag. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium low heat. Place the garlic that has been peeled and sliced into the hot oil.

Homemade Garlic Croutons recipe from http://ThisSillyGirlsLife.com easy, fast and flavorful! #HomemadeCroutons #Garlic #GarlicCroutons #recipe

Let the garlic get a golden brown color and take it out of the oil. Discard the garlic. The oil is now flavored with the garlic. If you want to customize this to your taste now would be a good time to throw in any additional flavors you like. A rosemary sprig or two would go nicely, just toasting it like the garlic and then discarding it. Place the bread pieces in to the hot oil and toss until all of the bread is coated in the oil.

Homemade Garlic Croutons recipe from http://ThisSillyGirlsLife.com easy, fast and flavorful! #HomemadeCroutons #Garlic #GarlicCroutons #recipeSeason with the salt and pepper. Toss this every minute or so. This will help the croutons get brown on all sides. When everything is nice a toasty to your liking transfer them on to a cookie sheet to completely cool. Use immediately or store in an air tight container/zip lock bag. These are only good for a couple hours or they will start getting soft. Use on your favorite salad or just as a snack!

Homemade Garlic Croutons recipe from http://ThisSillyGirlsLife.com easy, fast and flavorful! #HomemadeCroutons #Garlic #GarlicCroutons #recipe

Shown here in my Greek Panzanella Salad, YUM!

Thanks for reading!

Homemade Garlic Croutons
 
 
Ingredients
  • ½ each Loaf of French Bread
  • 4 each Garlic Cloves, sliced
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the bread into bite sized cubes. I actually just tore the bread with my hands, I like the rustic look to it. I know that French bread sizes vary so just make enough of the bread pieces so they fill a gallon sized bag.
  2. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium low heat. Place the garlic that has been peeled and sliced into the hot oil. Let the garlic get a golden brown color and take it out of the oil. Discard the garlic.
  3. The oil is now flavored with the garlic. If you want to customize this to your taste now would be a good time to throw in any additional flavors you like. A rosemary sprig or two would go nicely, just toasting it like the garlic and then discarding it.
  4. Place the bread pieces in to the hot oil and toss until all of the bread is coated in the oil.
  5. Season with the salt and pepper.
  6. Toss this every minute or so. This will help the croutons get brown on all sides.
  7. When everything is nice a toasty to your liking transfer them on to a cookie sheet to completely cool.
  8. Use immediately or store in an air tight container/zip lock bag.
  9. These are only good for a couple hours or they will start getting soft. Use on your favorite salad or just as a snack!

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27 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    August 9, 2013

    I adore croutons, too, but never make them on my own. I tried making some the other day for panzanella and I am a total convert to homemade croutons! Love the garlic in this (the more garlic in anything, the better :). Stopping by to say hi from Foodie Fridays 🙂

  2. avatar
    Debbie says:
    August 9, 2013

    Wow! This looks deee-licious! We’d love to have you share the recipe at our Saturday Link Party! Deb @ madefrompinterest.net

  3. avatar
    August 11, 2013

    I am so excited to see this post. My three old son has a tree nut allergy and I have yet to find a crouton product at the grocery store that doesn’t say “Processed in a facility that has tree nuts”. He is going to be excited when I make these! Thank you!

    I found your post on the Pin Me Party!

  4. avatar
    August 11, 2013

    First time I’ve seen a crouton recipe that doesn’t call for an oven. Living in Florida, I ♥ that! Here from the Weekend Showoff Hop and sharing this. Hope to see you at my dance;BB2U.

  5. avatar
    jamie says:
    August 13, 2013

    oh my yum! i bet those are delicious! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  6. avatar
    Crystal & Co says:
    August 15, 2013

    Love this! What a great way to use up old bread too!

    Thanks for linking up over at Crystal & Co., I shared this over on my How to Meal Plan Facebook Comity. Awesome dinnertime solution!

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    Amy Perdew says:
    August 15, 2013

    Yummo Dana. I have found myself snacking on croutons before. Fresh is so much better. Oh, the store croutons give you the most rancid breath. This turned out so tasty looking. Thanks as always for linking uo to “Inspiration in Progress.”

  8. avatar
    August 15, 2013

    Don’t you hate bagged croutons?! I make my own as well but these look way better. Thanks for sharing! I am pinning right now. 🙂
    Katie

  9. avatar
    August 16, 2013

    G’day Dana! LOVE the crunch! I could have these croutons for brekkie, dinner and lunch!
    Following you on Twitter and looking for some twitter love in return too! Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Dawn’s and Amber’s Blog Strut Party

  10. avatar
    August 16, 2013

    I am going to have to make these! I hate when I find those teeth breaking croutons in my salad! Thanks for sharing this recipe & linking it up to Thrifty Thursday!

  11. avatar
    August 18, 2013

    Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday last week. Stop by tonight, because you’re being featured.

    Oh, and I really can’t wait to try these the next time I make spaghetti!

    Renea – cupcake-n-bake

  12. avatar
    Krista Low says:
    August 22, 2013

    My boys love croutons but I hate buying them. I don’t know why I haven’t made them before! They look ridiculously easy! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  13. avatar
    Stephanie says:
    August 17, 2014

    I love croutons, but I bet these put that store bought crap to shame!

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