Homemade Italian Croutons Recipe: Baked Croutons Seasoned to Perfection by Donna John

Bread/Muffins Salads
9 months ago

Homemade Italian Croutons Recipe: Baked Croutons Seasoned to Perfection

After preparing a copycat recipe of Olive Garden's Italian dressing, I knew I had to elevate my salad to be worthy of this delicious dressing. The answer was fresh, hot out of the oven, homemade croutons. But they needed to be elevated, too, so I turned them into Italian-seasoned croutons. Delicious!

These easy baked croutons are not just seasoned dried Italian seasoning, but a dried Italian seasoning blend. There are lots of brands to choose from, and they all have different ingredients. Mine had all the Italian herbs plus garlic, onion, crushed red pepper flake and more. All you need to make these crunchy seasoned croutons is bread (see Recipe Notes), a dried Italian seasoning blend and olive oil. The croutons bake up in the oven until golden and crunchy.

Use these croutons as a crunchy topping for salads, for recipes calling for croutons, as a topping for soups or just munch on them as a snack. I dipped a few of mine into that homemade creamy Italian salad dressing and also fresh basil pesto.

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Cuisine: American / Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 to 10 minutes (ovens vary)
Total Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Servings: varies


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Recipe Notes

  • You can use any type of bread for this recipe. I used plain ol' sandwich butter bread, but I have also used leftover hotdog buns and hamburger buns. Italian bread, French bread, sourdough, ciabatta, artisan and wheat bread also work well. 
  • Store the croutons in an airtight container to keep them fresher longer. 

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cut or tear the bread into pieces and put onto a baking sheet. Season with the Italian seasoning blend and drizzle generously with olive oil.
  2. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until dried out and crunchy. Watch them closely because they go from perfection to burnt in a heartbeat!

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Salads are so much better with croutons and especially when they’re homemade.
Elisa Schmitz
I have made homemade croutons before but don't think my way was quite this easy, so I'm excited to try your recipe, Donna John ! #yum
Homemade salads are the best ❤

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