Croutons aren’t just for salad. When sprinkled on top of soup their crunchy texture provides a nice contrast. You can easily make croutons that are fresh and nicely flavored with herbs from your garden.
To make croutons, begin with thick slices of flavorful bread. White bread will do but croutons made from sourdough, rye, or multigrain adds an extra dimension of flavor. You can even use leftover bagels. Most recipes call for using day-old bread. This takes advantage of the relatively low moisture content of the bread.
Homemade CroutonsCourse: SidesDifficulty: Easy
1 loaf of day old bread
1-2 Tbls of fresh herbs
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Take eight ounces of softened butter and add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite herbs (e.g. one teaspoon each of garlic powder, basil, and oregano). Spread the herb butter on both sides of the bread slices before cutting them into bite-sized squares.
- Then bake them on a tray in a 350 degree oven for 5-8 minutes or just until they begin to brown. Watch closely to avoid burning. They should feel crisp and firm. If not, stir and return to the oven.
- Cool completely and store in an airtight container until you’re ready to sprinkle them on your soup.