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4 Winning Recipes for Delicious Crunchy Croutons

 In the winter season, most of us like to huddle over a bowl of hot soup, one that comforts us about the inclement weather roaring outside. Such a dish can be significantly upgraded by adding a number of wonder cubes that raise it to new heights and bring out the richest flavors - croutons. Croutons can be added to different salads, hot soups or snack on as they are. Instead of buying croutons at the store, however, you can easily and quickly make them at home!

In order for you to do so, we’ve collected 4 winning recipes for croutons that’ll upgrade simple soups and other dishes and will ensure praise from your guests.
All of these recipes call for stale bread but if you only have fresh bread on hand you can still use it - Just lay the bread cubes on a baking pan and bake in a 200 ° F (90 ° C) oven for ten minutes to dry them out. 

Healthy baked croutons

Croutons can upgrade almost any soup and salad, but most of the time we avoid using them because of their high caloric content. But what if we told you that we have a winning recipe for baked croutons that will keep you satisfied, and help you watch your calorie intake? No doubt you’ll want to try them so we decided to spoil you with this recipe for addictive guilt-free croutons.

Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: easy 

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Ingredients: 

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3 cups bread cubes, without the crust and about 2 cm in size
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions: 

1. Preheat your oven to 375 ° F (190 ° C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Mix the olive oil in a small bowl with the crushed garlic for about half a minute.

3. Pour the oil and garlic through a sieve into another bowl, and with a wooden spoon squeeze the garlic left in the sieve. Set the olive bowl aside.

4. Add the spices, mix well, and mix in the bread cubes.

5. Mix the bread cubes so they are all coated in the olive oil and lay them on the baking pan.

6. Sprinkle the leftover garlic on top of the bread, place the pan in the middle shelf and bake for 15-25 minutes, or until the bread cubes turn golden brown.

7. Remove the pan from the oven and season if needed.

8. the croutons can be kept for up to 3 weeks in a sealed container.

Garlic, parmesan and Italian-style herb croutons

This croutons recipe is the perfect way to upgrade many dishes such as salads or soups, as these baked croutons contain garlic, parmesan, and herbs that add Italian flavor and aromas. The short cook time is a significant bonus because once you’ve made these croutons, you’ll need to keep making them to keep the bowl full!

Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: easy 

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 large cloves of garlic, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tsp. dry oregano
  • 1 tsp. dry basil
  • 1 tsp. dry thyme
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 loaf of bread cut into 2 cm cubes, about 7 cups
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated

Directions: 

1. Preheat your oven to 375 ° F (190 ° C) and line a baking pan with parchment paper.

2. Place a small pot over a small flame and stir the garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil together for about 5 minutes.

3. Remove the pot from the fire and strain the garlic pieces.

4. Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and pour the oil mixture over them, mixing the cubes to coat them well.

5. lay the bread cubes on the baking pan, place on the oven’s middle shelf and bake for 8 minutes.

6. Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and place it back into the oven for another 7 minutes or until the bread cubes turn golden.

7. Remove the pan from the oven and let the bread cubes cool before serving.

8. These croutons can be kept for up to a week

Roasted croutons in butter

Sitting down with a bowl of soup during the winter is the ultimate pleasure, and a good crouton makes the experience that much better. This two-ingredient crouton will help you savor your favorite soups easily!

Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: easy 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of stale bread cut into 2 cm cubes, about 7-8 cups
  • 4 tbsp. butter

Directions:

1. Melt butter in a large pan over a medium-high heat.

2. Add the bread cubes and mix well.

3. Make sure the bread cubes are lying in a single layer on the pan.

4. Allow the croutons to fry until they brown and turn them over to brown all sides.

5. Once all the croutons have browned, remove the frying pan from the heat and let them cool before serving.

6. These croutons can be stored in a container for up to a week.

French style garlic croutons

If store-bought croutons are too simple for your taste, you’re welcome to try this French style recipe. The wonderful aroma that will fill your house will stimulate your taste buds and have you snacking on them for no reason. 

Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: easy croutons

Ingredients: 

  • 5 cups of bread cubes, cut into 2 cm pieces
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

Directions: 

1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add butter, olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt, and black pepper.

2. Mix all the ingredients in the pan until the butter is completely melted.

3. Remove the pan from the flame, transfer the mixture to a bowl and set aside to cool.

4. After the mixture has cooled, pour it over the bread cubes in a new bowl and mix well.

5. Lay the bread cubes in one layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in a 375 ° F (190 ° C) for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the croutons to cool.

7. These croutons can be kept in a sealed container for up to a week.

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