First off let me tell you, these croutons are so much better than store bought! Not to mention a lot cheaper! Now a days bags of croutons cost 3 or 4 dollars in the grocery store, while you can buy a baguette and make 2 to 3 times as many croutons! You'll never buy store bought again, I swear! I have to confess though, a lot of these weren't eating on top of a salad. They didn't make it that far. I had really good intentions of eating them with lots of healthy greens, so I stored them in a zip lock baggie. However, the next day when I was feeling "snacky", I opened the bag and ate the rest of them! Oh well! It's a good thing I only used half the baguette. Now I just have to practice self-control the next time around. Good luck!
- 1 loaf of french baguette bread
- about 1/2 cup olive oil (you could also do 1/4 oil and 1/4 cup melted earth balance)
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350F. Slice and cube your baguette into crouton shaped cubes.
If you're using Earth Balance, melt that in the microwave. Then mix in the olive oil and seasonings. Mix in until the garlic and onion powder have blended well with the oils. Toss the bread together with the seasonings mixture and place the cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and toss them around to ensure even browning. Then return to the oven for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.