When is the last time you munched on a nice crispy crouton with a hint of garlic and butter? These croutons take just minutes to make and can be stored then used as a snack by itself or sitting atop a bed of lettuce on a fresh salad or with soup. (GF, DF, Nut Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, FODMAP)
"i ate a salad with tomatoes and croutons for dinner. i really just ate the croutons."--unknown author
Croutons are little pieces of bread. They are often cut into cubes. They can be seasoned or brushed with butter prior to baking. After baking, the hard, cubed pieces of bread are called croutons and are often found on salads, in soups or eaten as snacks.
does bread matter?
Yes, bread always matters but for croutons it matters just a little less. Many crouton recipes call for stale bread but you can use fresh bread. It's perfectly fine to substitute keto bread, gluten free bread or low carb bread too.
what meals can you use croutons in?
Croutons are perfect for:
- On Top of Salad
what recipes are great for using croutons?
Try some croutons and some new recipes too! Croutons are perfect in:
- Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
- Chicken Caesar Salad (coming soon!)
Croutons can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.
Gluten Free Garlic Butter Croutons
- 4 slices gluten free bread
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Brush each side of the bread generously with melted butter, then slice bread into ½-1 inch slices. Arrange bread on baking sheet, then sprinkle with garlic salt and Italian seasoning.
- Bake bread at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, then flip the bread and cook an additional 7-10 minutes or until bread is nicely browned. Remove from oven, allow croutons to cool.