I eat Caesar salads just for the these croutons!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
8 mins
total:
13 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Cut bread into small cubes and place onto a shallow baking pan or cookie sheet.

  • Drizzle oil over the bread to lightly cover and sprinkle with garlic powder and basil.

  • Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown and toasted.

Nutrition Facts

369 calories; protein 6.7g; carbohydrates 40.3g; fat 20.7g; sodium 419.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (99)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2003
This was great! Makes 6 servings??? Maybe if you're eating them as a snack, but it goes a LONG ways as salad croutons. I found it easier to make 1/2 batch at a time, and to first put the bread cubes in a large bowl and pour the oil (I substituted 1/4 cup olive oil & 1/4 cup melted margarine) over the cubes and then add the seasoning and mix well, before placing them on the baking pan. Will definately add this to my list of favorites! Read More
(101)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/07/2011
6-4-11: Used pumpernickel was OK but Ann thought it would have been better with different bread. Read More
(7)
114 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 71
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2003
This was great! Makes 6 servings??? Maybe if you're eating them as a snack, but it goes a LONG ways as salad croutons. I found it easier to make 1/2 batch at a time, and to first put the bread cubes in a large bowl and pour the oil (I substituted 1/4 cup olive oil & 1/4 cup melted margarine) over the cubes and then add the seasoning and mix well, before placing them on the baking pan. Will definately add this to my list of favorites! Read More
(101)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2006
These are great. I used Olive Oil and parmesan cheese and my husband and I ate them like there was no tomorrow. I have also added a tablespoon of butter to the olive oil added the basil and chopped garlic and simmered on low heat for about 10 minutes to really get the flavors infused. We loved it! We will never buy store croutons again unless we absolutely have to. Read More
(85)
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2010
Yummy is definitely the word to describe these! I'll NEVER ever go back to store bought again! I had a loaf of Italian bread that was going stale and this recipe was perfect for it. I used EVOO instead of veg. oil and tossed them instead of just drizzling the mixture over top. I baked them at 375 instead of 400 and watched them carefully so they didn't burn. I turned them during cooking. So good, I made a second batch and experimented with using a packet of Good Seasons Italian Salad dressing mix plus some minced garlic along with the olive oil. I think you can mix up just about any combination of herbs, spices, and add in some grated cheese and it'll turn out great! A perfect add-in to salads, soups, casseroles - whatever you can think of... Read More
(69)
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2003
Yummy croutons for snacking for salads and for recipes that call for bread crumb toppings. Just pulse in the food processor and you have instant seasoned bread crumb. I put all the ingredients in a plastic bag and shake. Substitute half garlic-flavored olive oil and half melted butter for the vegetable oil.Thanks Laura. Read More
(35)
Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2005
I used olive oil and regular white bread. I also baked at a lower temperature as I've heard these can burn easily. Quite tasty and I plan to make again. Read More
(32)
Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2004
I used melted butter instead of vegetable oil and used thinly sliced baguettes instead to make little toasts for a spinach and artichoke dip. I didn't measure the garlic powder and basil but rather just sprinkled a little bit over each piece. I also sprinkled a bit of paprika on the center of each piece which looked BEAUTIFUL!! These MADE the dip as it was a bit plain with regular bread. I will definitley make these again Read More
(30)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2005
WOW! While waiting on my husband and son to come home my daughter and I made these and they are GREAT! We are eating them like candy....next time I am going to try a little parmesan cheese! I will never buy croutons in the store again...they are way too expensive and this is a wonderful way to use leftover bread....no waste! THANKS! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2003
I just made these this morning and they are wonderful. I did substitute olive oil for the veggie oil though... they turned out excellent. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2003
Really good. I sprinkle with parmesan cheese also. They never make it to the salad because everyone snacks on them. Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
06/07/2011
6-4-11: Used pumpernickel was OK but Ann thought it would have been better with different bread. Read More
(7)
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