‘Everything’ Croutons

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Everything Croutons will take your salad from bunny food to bodacious with their big bold crunch and outrageous flavor.  Everybody loves everything!

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‘Everything’ is one of those flavor combinations that just works.  It’s so zesty it’s hard to resist.  You’ve probably seen it on bagels, but did you know you can use this wonderful spice mix lots of other ways, too?  I keep a batch in the spice cabinet for doctoring up everything (no pun intended) from rolls and focaccia bread, to hummus, grilled chicken, and popcorn.

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TVFGI’s proprietary blend includes both black and white sesame seeds, onion salt, garlic powder, dehydrated onion and garlic, and poppy seeds.  You can play around with the exact formula, but a true ‘everything’ mix should include both sesame and poppy seeds, garlic, onion, and salt.  I think caraway seeds, fennel seeds, and even something like coriander seeds might be fun to experiment with.

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I like to use leftover bread to make these ‘Everything’ Croutons, preferably a crusty baguette.  I slice it up in one inch slices, and then chop those slices into 1 inch cubes.  I toss them in a big mixing bowl with a good amount of olive oil, and then with my ‘everything’ spice blend.  They bake for about 10 minutes, then I flip them around, and bake for another 10 minutes or so, just until they’re nice and golden.

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These croutons will keep for a couple of weeks, so make lots!

Everything Croutons

Everything Croutons

Ingredients

  • 1 day old baguette
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
    Everything spice blend
  • 2 Tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 Tbsp dehydrated onion
  • 2 Tbsp dehydrated garlic
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion salt (or sea salt)

Instructions

  1. set oven to 350F
  2. Mix the spices for the 'everything' blend.
  3. Slice the bread into 1 inch slices. Slice those into 1 inch cubes.
  4. Put the bread into a large mixing bowl and drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil, tossing while you drizzle to get all the bread evenly coated. Keep tossing until all the bread looks like it has absorbed some of the oil.
  5. Work in batches, put some of the spice mix and some of the croutons into a paper bag and shake gently to coat the bread with the spices.
  6. Arrange the croutons on a baking sheet, in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes. Toss the croutons around, and then bake for another 10 minutes, or just until nice and golden.
  7. Let cool on the baking sheet before using. Store in a clean paper bag.
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notes:

  • Be careful about substituting salts for powders, etc.  You don’t want to have too much salt in your mix or it will be overpowering.  Look specifically for garlic powder, and dehydrated onion and garlic, and avoid readymade blends that might contain added salt.  I used a teaspoon of onion salt in mine, but you can use sea salt if you like.  Bottom line, use only one type of salt.
  • The more oil you use the more delicious, crunchy, and caloric your croutons will be.  You be the ultimate judge about how much you want to use.

 

 

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23 Comments

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    June 17, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Oh my, how perfect are these little croutons. I love these tasty flavours and they will add so much to any dish. Your photos, Girl! Wowsa!!

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    Maggie @ Omnivore's Cookbook
    June 16, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Love the idea of adding sesame seeds on croutons! YUM!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    June 16, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    for some reason – i’ve never thought to make my own croutons before and definitely must do so soon! perfect to top soups with in this winter weather here in australia!

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    Julie Blanner
    June 16, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    You must’ve known that I was craving croutons! There is NOTHING better than homemade croutons and I usually have to fight my kids for each one I get to enjoy on my salad. I can’t wait to try these!

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      Sue
      June 16, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Haha, I know exactly what you mean, but in our house it’s my husband who’s the crouton hog!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    June 16, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Definitely a nice way to perk up a salad.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    June 16, 2016 at 1:55 am

    I love this EVERYTHING crouton recipe. Easy peasy and so tasty! Thanks for sharing, Sue.

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    Sara
    June 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    These croutons look so good that I almost want to skip the lettuce and just eat a handful as a snack!

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      Sue
      June 16, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Not a bad idea Sara ;)

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    cheri
    June 15, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Sue, These look like they would elevate any salad, love the spices and seeds that you used.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    June 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Why do I have a feeling these croutons will never actually make it to my salad? ;) I know I’ll be more than slightly tempted to enjoy them all, straight off the sheet pan!

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 15, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Forget the salad, I could easily eat a bowl of these for a snack. Love the way they look too, kind of exotic!

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 15, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Love homemade croutons! Basically don’t buy the commercial ones because they just can’t compare to your own. Outstanding job with these — you’ve taken them to 11. Thanks.

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    Tara
    June 15, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Love that photo with the layering of spices! Such a great spice blend for these croutons. They would make an amazing addition to salads and soups.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 15, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Wouldn’t a jar like that make a nice host gift, too Tara?

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    Silvia
    June 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Wow these look really good, and I bet they taste amazing. I would love some for my salad. :)

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    sippitysup
    June 15, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I love this idea and it opens so many doors. I can imagine “everything” spice on, well… EVERYTHING! GREG

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    Lucy
    June 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Oh my gosh, I want to dump these all over my next Cesar salad! Everything bagels are my fave, so I know I would be addicted to these croutons.

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    Meeta
    June 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Oh yes I have a few “everything” blends in my jars. It first started with nuts where I had bags of leftover nuts from baking etc. so I began throwing them in a jar and then with pasta and seeds. Always so valuable and such a time saver! These croutons look great!

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    Megan
    June 15, 2016 at 7:44 am

    These are amazing! What an awesome idea! I love “everything” spice

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 15, 2016 at 5:06 am

    I always have left-over bread, so I make croutons often. I’ve never made everything ones though, so I’m all over this idea!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 15, 2016 at 4:45 am

    I LOVE this well seasoned little nuggets! Don’t they just make a salad or a bowl of soup. I love your spice blend and will have to try it soon. Thanks! Pinning and sharing

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      Sue
      June 15, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Have you seen the cost of croutons like this in the stores? I can’t believe how expensive they are when they’re so easy to make!

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