Don't let stale baguettes go to waste! These garlic-parmesan croutons are the perfect crunchy topper for salads and soups. And they're ridiculously easy to make.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.

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  • Stir olive oil and garlic together in a bowl. Let sit at room temperature until flavors are infused, about 3 hours.

  • Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Pour garlic oil through a strainer onto the bread; toss to coat bread with oil. Add 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Italian seasoning, paprika, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper; toss to coat. Spread bread cubes out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn croutons and bake 15 minutes more. Push croutons together with a spatula so that they are in a compact rectangle on the baking sheet and no longer spread out; sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup cheese over the top. Bake until cheese is melted and the bread is crispy and crunchy, 10 to 15 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

474 calories; protein 12.7g 25% DV; carbohydrates 34.1g 11% DV; fat 32.4g 50% DV; cholesterol 13.2mg 4% DV; sodium 889.9mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2014
The day that I made these, I didn't have any shredded cheese on hand, but I made them anyway. This was one of the easiest recipes, it was quick & the croutons were DELICIOUS. They had just the right amount of everything to make them good, and my kids liked them so much they ate the leftovers without any salad. Good job Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2014
The day that I made these, I didn't have any shredded cheese on hand, but I made them anyway. This was one of the easiest recipes, it was quick & the croutons were DELICIOUS. They had just the right amount of everything to make them good, and my kids liked them so much they ate the leftovers without any salad. Good job Chef John! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2016
The other half has started watching Chef John videos recreationally. He has no interest in learning how to boil water, but flags them for me to make. Last night's dinner was a Caesar Salad featuring these croutons, and shrimp blackened with the seasoning used in Chef John's Shrimp Etouffee. Homemade dressing. It was pretty darn good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2015
Added these crotons to a Caesar salad which made the salad the hit off the party. The only thing I did different was doubled the seasonings. I will be making them again, but next time I will double the recipe. Great as a snack too, because it was hard to keep everyone from eating them before they made it to the salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2014
No need to buy them at the store with this recipe! Easy and delicious. I omitted the cayenne pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2015
Made these croutons using garlic olive oil herbs spices and lots of seasoning. No parmesan. Did not infuse just dunked!! Cooked only half the time too. OMG They are so delicious with celery and stilton soup! (another All recipes ) We love them Thanks! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2016
Delicious croutons. A little kick of heat with my BIG pinch of cayenne. Only changes were-oil and garlic infused less than 3 hours but added yummy garlic juices from my jar of minced garlic. Also skipped last step of adding the additional 1/4 cup parm. Lastly jacked the heat up to 325 for the last 15 min. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2016
Quick and easy. Have made these about 6 times now. The amount of you get at the store within the delicious croutons it outrageous but this here is a no brainer. I've also done rosemary oil to make these (you have to use a touch less) but so good. A healthy delicious alternative. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2019
I used regular bread instead of baguette and it was still amazing. Super easy and quick to make Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2016
Easy and fun to make with excellent results. Added some rosemary the second time around. Read More
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