Baked Herb Croutons

4 cups bread of choice, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
olive oil
1/2 t. dried basil
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. dried rosemary
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. onion powder
1/4 t. paprika

Place the cubes of bread on a non-stick cookie sheet. Drizzle the cubes with olive oil, about 1-2 T., to taste. In a small bowl, place all of the remaining ingredients, and toss well to combine. Sprinkle the herb mixture over the cubes of bread and toss the cubes to coat them evenly. Spread the cubes of bread to a single layer and bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove the cookies sheet from the oven, stir the croutons, and spread them out to a single layer again. Return the cookie sheet to the oven and bake the croutons an additional 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Allow the croutons to cool before using. Store in an air tight container.

Yield: 4 Cups


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