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  • 1 loaf sliced white sandwich bread (20 to 24 ounces), cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • kosher salt


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Dividing evenly between 2 rimmed baking sheets, toss the bread with the oil and 1½ teaspoons salt. Arrange in a single layer and bake, tossing the bread and rotating the pans halfway through, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely on the pans.
  2. Before baking, try tossing the bread with one of the following:
    Herbs: ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or rosemary.
    Spices: 2 tablespoons paprika, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
    Cheese: ¾ cup grated Parmesan. (Use cheese croutons within 1 week.)
By May, 2011

Nutritional Information

  • Per ServingServing Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories 124
  • Fat 7g
  • Sat Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 291mg
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrate 15g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Iron 1mg
  • Calcium 44mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

Quick Tip

The croutons can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

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