(Almost) Homemade Garlic Croutons

Homemade Garlic Croutons:

This recipe is so freaking easy, your kids could do it for you! I literally buy the garlic bread from my local grocer's bakery. If you can help it, don't get the loaves of bread that are always at the front. Go by the counter at the bakery and see if they have just baked some fresh loaves, which they usually have. That way you get the freshest loaf as possible. You don't HAVE to bake your own bread, unless you want to. Picking it up fresh is almost as close to baking it on your own. I also indulge in the bakery's garlic butter blend. Most stores produce their own garlic butter, again, all you have to do is ask. I frequent my local grocer, so I know where they stock everything. The butter is usually near the bread, if not stocked right next to it.

  • When I make my way home, I preheat my oven to 350 degrees. 
  • While the oven is heating up, I slice the loaf of bread into a few 1/2 inch slices. 
  • Next, I lay the slices of bread on it's side and cut them into 1/4 inch squares. You'll know when you're done slicing, because they start to look like croutons. I leave my crust on as well.
  • I take about two tablespoons of my store-bought garlic butter and melt it in the microwave; 30 seconds is usually fine.
  • Now, you're ready to toss your bread into the garlic butter.
  • Place them on a baking sheet, or aluminum foil and place them in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, the croutons should be evenly baked.
  • Place the oven temperature to 'broil.' Watch the croutons carefully, so that they don't burn. Placing them under broil gives you the same crispiness you usually get from buying them already made at the store.
  • After about 2 minutes, maybe less, your croutons are ready to serve and ENJOY!