With the dawn of a new year on the horizon, I've been thinking about how I want to make 2016 a better year than 2015 ... and although I don't necessarily believe in making resolutions, I do like having goals! Goals help me know where I'm going and help me stay on track!
One of the things I want to work more on in the new year is cutting out more processed food - or food that I can just as easily make (better) at home! Of course, it will take a bit of planning, but it's something I've been working towards for awhile! While I may still grab something from the store for convenience sake, I hope to continue to rely on these convenience products less and less. Something that was easy for me to switch out was these Garlic & Parmesan Croutons instead of the store-bought stuff!
Not only are most of the store brands over-priced for what you get, but let's be honest ... they don't really have wow-factor. They're usually kinda bland ... amiright?! I knew I could make them better and cheaper at home, so that's exactly what I started doing!
This Garlic & Parmesan Croutons recipe is a good recipe to have on hand. It's the perfect way to use up the last little bits of bread or bread that has seen better days! I like to use French Bread to make my croutons since I almost always have some on hand - but I have used just regular white/wheat bread slices too! Once I started making my own croutons, I just can't justify spending money on the store-bought kind! Not to mention, these homemade Garlic & Parmesan Croutons taste sooooo much better than anything you'll find at the store! I love them so much, I like to have a few as a snack sometimes! Of course, they're perfect on your favorite salads - or even soup, too!
Garlic & Parmesan Croutonsby
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ tsp. oregano
- ½ tsp. dried thyme
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 5 slices day-old bread (¾-inch thick), cut into cubes
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. In a large bowl, mix butter, Parmesan cheese, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, and salt together. Add bread cubes and gently mix with a spatula to coat. Spread coated bread cubes onto a baking sheet.
3. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 12-18 minutes. Cool croutons completely before using.
4. Store in an airtight container.