Matthew and I wanted salads for dinner, but didn't have any croutons. Now that we live in the city, big chain grocery stores are fewer and farther in between, and walking to a specialty store would have taken longer than to make them from scratch with the french bread we had left over from our charcuterie night, sooooooo...here you go!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While you wait for the oven to heat, in a large bowl, cube:
French Bread to create 2 cups
Once the oven is heated (you want to be able to promptly put the bread cubes in the oven after they are coated), on a low heat, melt together:
4 Tbs butter
4 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp Baron's Garlic & Pepper Seasoning
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbs dried parsley
Combine thoroughly. Take off heat, and slowly pour over bread, mixing continuously to combine (I will typically pour and combine over several pours). Make sure the bread cubes are as evenly coated as possible with the seasoned concoction. Spread the bread cubes on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes; check to see if they are dry, crispy and golden brown. If not, stir the croutons around and bake for another 5 minutes or until done (dry, crispy and golden brown), tossing around every time you check on them. Once finished, set them aside to cool, then save them in the cupboard in a large ziplock bag.
These croutons have TONS of flavor! They are great on salads, but they could be good on top of soups, or just to eat as a snack (I probably eat more than my share as they are cooling)...