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Baked Herb and Garlic Croutons

Baked Herb and Garlic Croutons

Easy homemade croutons, baked with herbs, garlic and Parmesan! You'll never go back to store-bought croutons.
Course Salads
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 -7 cups
Calories 67kcal
Author Marsha Maxwell


  • Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet
  • Non-slip Silicone Pastry Mat Extra Large with Measurements 28''By 20'' for Silicone Baking Mat, Counter Mat, Dough Rolling Mat,Oven Liner,Fondant/Pie Crust Mat By Folksy Super Kitchen (2028, red)
  • Baker's Joy The Original No-Stick Baking Spray with Flour, 5 oz (Pack of 3)
  • Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set - Easy To Clean, Nesting Bowls for Space Saving Storage, Great for Cooking, Baking, Prepping


  • 2 large garlic cloves peeled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus additional salt for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread or other hearty white bread
  • 1/4 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan optional


  • Slice the bread into 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch cubes, for a total of 7-8 cups bread cubes. You will probably not need to use the whole loaf of bread.
  • Set the bread cubes aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, with a rack placed in the middle of the oven.
  • Combine the garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, pepper, and olive oil, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove and discard the garlic.
  • Place the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl, and drizzle with the oil mixture. Stir and toss to combine.
  • Spread the bread cubes on an ungreased baking sheet. Place on the middle rack of the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the croutons with Parmesan (optional) and return to the oven. Bake for 5-10 minutes more, or until they are golden and starting to be crispy.
  • Sprinkle the croutons with the additional salt, to taste. Let the croutons cool before storing in an airtight container.
  • The croutons will stay fresh in the pantry for about one week.