Of course you can purchase croutons from the grocery but that’s not the point! Lets be real- there is  nothing better than homemade, crunchy, garlicky, croutons made with stale bread taking up space on the kitchen counter. Take 20 minutes out of your day to make a cheesy & herby salad addition that will leave you more than satisfied. You fucking deserve it! 

INGREDIENTS:

BUTTER: 2T

OLIVE OIL: 2T

STALE BREAD/BAGUETTE: 2 CUPS DICED SMALL  

GARLIC CLOVES: 2 MEDIUM SIZED CLOVES MINCED

*CHEFS TRICK: HIGHLY RECOMMEND MICROPLANING CLOVES OF GARLIC TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT MINCE*

HERBS FROM THE GARDEN (MIX OF ROSEMARY, PARSLEY, AND BASIL): ¼ cup roughly minced

PARM: enough!

*SALT/PEPPER TO TASTE*

-Heat your medium sized cast iron pan on medium-low. You don’t want the pan to get too hot because you don’t want to burn the butter, over heat the oil, or burn your bread!

-Add butter, olive oil, and minced garlic to cast iron *gently warm all together* Your home will start to smell like Thanksgiving at this point!

-Once the garlic has started to cook (not burn!) add your bread to pan

-With a wooden spoon, continue stirring until bread is saturated in butter/oil/garlic mixture. At this stage you can turn your skillet to medium heat. You will want to continue stirring to make sure all the little bits and sides of your croutons are evenly toasted. This should take about ten minutes or so!

-Once you have achieved nice color, add flaky sea salt, black pepper, and throw in your roughly minced herbs. The herbs will start to lightly fry in the residual garlic butter. Y’all, it is basically the best smell in the world.

-Once your croutons on GBD (golden brown and delicious) add some fresh shaved parm (purely up to you the amount, more the merrier in our household… always)

-Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel and let cool

-Eat immediately with salad or transfer to airtight container to last a couple of days!

**As much as I love this recipe, these croutons will never be as good as my moms. I have no clue what she does to them. It could be a mom thing? Or she adds much more butter and much more cheese!!** 

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