Homemade Seasoned Croutons

What is a salad without some croutons added to it.  These 2 recipes are good for just about any type of salad;  one is a lower fat version.  See also my recipe for Caesar Salad With Homemade Parmesan Croutons.

  • 3 cups French bread, cubed
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Toss bread cubes with oil and butter.  Combine rest of ingredients and sprinkle over the bread; toss to coat.  Bake on an ungreased baking sheet in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Whole Wheat Croutons:

  • 4 slices (2 cups) whole grain bread, cut into cubes
  • extra virgin olive oil spray
  • 1/3 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Herbes de Provence (basil, fennel seed, lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme)

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place bread cubes on a foil lined baking sheet.  Lightly spray both sides of the bread cubes with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with the rest of the ingredients.  Bake  8-10 minutes or until crispy.   I just love the smell and taste of Herbes de Provence – I am sure you will too.

Seasoning Combinations:

Spicy:

  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • few dashes hot pepper sauce

Parmesan:

  • 3 tbsp. Parmesan, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Garlic-Sage:

  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ranch:

  • 2 tbsp. dry ranch salad dressing mix

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