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Moms' crouton snacks in a serving bowl on a table

Moms' Crouton Snacks

Lori
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 8 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 8 cups crusty sourdough bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry Italian herbs divided
  • 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • Salt
  • Cracked black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with half the olive oil, Italian herbs, and Parmesan.
  • Add a pinch of salt and cracked pepper to taste.
  • Toss again
  • Add the remaining olive oil, Italian herbs, and Parmesan.
  • Toss well until evenly distributed.
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust for salt and pepper as needed.
  • Heat a seasoned cast iron skillet to medium heat.
  • Pour the seasoned croutons into the heated pan and spread into an even layer.
  • Flip the croutons every 2 minutes or so to ensure even searing on all sides.
  • Grill the croutons in the skillet for about 10 minutes or until the outsides are golden and crispy while the insides are still chewy.
  • Remove from the heat and place the skillet on a cooling rack, stirring occasionally to assist in cooling and to keep the croutons from sweating and becoming soggy.
  • Serve as a salad topping, as a snack, or dry out and process into Italian bread crumbs.