Make your own croutons, ya heard? Yes you can make them and it is so dang easy to! Why buy the ones on the plastic package that comes from who knows where. You can save money by making these yummy little pieces of toasted bread. Don't get me wrong you can still purchase them from the grocery store but then one...you cant say you made them and two...well they just aren't that fresh! Now to take it a step further these happen to be coated in a garlic bread mixture.
They can be tossed into green salads, sprinkled on top of soups and casseroles, crushed over cooked vegetables, and used as the base for stuffing or just make them into bread crumbs. You can even just eat half of them like I did. Seriously I did! It's that dang carb issue I tend to have.
Not to mention how amazing garlic bread is. Hence the reason I ate most of these. I bet if you melted some cheese on these the would be even better. Forget the salad then!
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups day old bread cubed, preferably an italian style bread
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Mix butter, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese, oregano, parsley, thyme, garlic powder, and salt together in a large, bowl; add bread cubes and turn with a spatula to coat. Spread coated bread cubes onto a baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool croutons completely before storing in an airtight container.