homemade sourdough croutons

You know you’ve got an awesome best friend when she shows up at your door with some delicious bread AND a recipe to make with it. This sourdough crouton recipe was part of my birthday gift from my lovely friend Cort (which also included a birthday card written on a handmade card I gave her over ten years ago!). I love croutons, and feel a little miffed that I lived almost thirty years before I realized how amazingly delicious they are in soup! All this time I had relegated them to the salad-only group, and little did I know how awesome they are in soups. My favorites to throw them into are creamy soups like this tomato soup or this broccoli soup. Yum! I love how easy this recipe is, and yet how adaptable. You could try any combination of seasonings, and experiment with different types of bread, or even a combination of breads. I’m excited to try some new varieties as well!

Sourdough Garlic-Herb Croutons
adapted from Our Best Bites
4 cups sourdough bread cubes
1 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon real butter
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon granulated onion/onion powder
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine salt, onion, garlic, oregano, and parsley and set aside. Melt butter in the microwaveand then combine it with the olive oil. Place bread cubes in a large bowl and pour the butter/oil mixture over the bread cubes making sure to distribute evenly over the cubes in a small drizzle. Use your hands to toss making sure to coat each bread cube with the butter mixture. Sprinkle the herb mixture over the bread cubes, making sure to distribute it evenly and use your hands to coat well.
Spread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in oven and cook for 10-20 minutes, stirring and flipping every 5 minutes so they cook evenly.The croutons should be golden brown. Generally, they will take 15-20 minutes. When finished, remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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