Homemade Croutons

Healthier homemade croutons made with whole grain bread, Italian seasoning and shredded parmesan cheese. These are so simple to make, with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

I love how the grains in the bread add a nutty texture to the croutons, so much better than white bread!

Once baked you can keep them in a ziplock bag to use for salads or soups (I love croutons in my split pea soup[1]!) Be sure to use shredded Parmesan cheese so it sticks to the croutons when baked in the oven.

For this side salad, I chopped up some tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and romaine lettuce, and tossed it with my red wine tomato vinaigrette[2].

Homemade Croutons
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 16 • Serving Size: 1/4 cup • Old Points: 0 pts • Points+: 1 pts
Calories: 28.5 • Fat: 6.5 g • Protein: 2 g • Carb: 5 g • Fiber: 0.9 g • Sugar: 0.7 g
Sodium: 47 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • olive oil spray (I used my mister)
  • 6 slices 100% whole grain bread (I used Pepperidge Farm 15 grain)*
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 3-4 tsp dried Italian seasoning (or dried parsley)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • fresh black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat over to 300°F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.

Remove the crust and cut the bread into small cubes.

Combine the garlic powder, salt and Italian seasoning in a medium bowl.

Spread the bread cubes on prepared cookie sheet in a single layer. Spray the top with more oil to coat and top with half of the seasoning and half of the shredded cheese; season with black pepper then bake for 14 minutes or until dry, crispy, and golden brown.

Turn the croutons over, spray a little more oil and sprinkle with remaining seasoning, black pepper and shredded cheese; bake for an additional 15 minutes until done. Store croutons in air-tight container or ziplock bag. Makes 4 cups. Enjoy!

*This should be about 5 1/2 oz after the crust is removed, before baking. This was calculated as such.

References

  1. ^ split pea soup (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ red wine tomato vinaigrette (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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