I love these croûtons as a compliment to a salad (consider adding them to Fattoush Salad or a Fall Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette in place of the croutons in that recipe) or as a simple, delicious, satisfying snack. This a perfect way to use up some slightly stale bread.
Oh, and, need breadcrumbs for something? Simply throw a few handfuls of these yummy croûtons into a food processor and pulse a few times. Voila!
Homemade Parmesan Croûtons
7 cups French bread (with crust), cut into 1/2″ cubes
3 tbs. unsalted butter, melted
2 tbs. dried sweet basil
2 tbs. dried parsley
2 tbs. garlic powder
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Non-stick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350º.
Cover a large flat baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spread bread cubes in single layer on the baking sheet. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and top with half of the sweet basil, parsley, and garlic powder (1 tbs. of each at this time). Season with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Pour half of the butter over the bread cubes (1.5 tbs at this time). Sprinkle half of the grated Parmesan over the bread cubes. Very thoroughly shake around the bread cubes. Spray again with non-stick cooking spray. Add the remaining half of sweet basil, parsley, and garlic powder. Season again with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Pour the remaining butter over the bread cubes. Sprinkle the remaining half of the grated Parmesan cheese over the bread cubes.
Place baking sheet in the oven. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and thoroughly shake around the bread cubes. Bake another ten minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. Enjoy!