March 19, 2013

Brown Butter Croutons

If you follow me on facebook then you probably remember a post from a couple weeks ago about my undying love for brown butter. If you've never made brown butter then I highly suggest you give it a try.

It's very easy to make, the hard part is trying not to drink it while it cools. If you'd rather try brown butter in a sweet recipe these brown butter chocolate chip cookies are my favorite.

I've recently discovered that brown butter is great for savory (not just sweet) recipes, which is why I thought I'd share this recipe for brown butter croutons. You might recognize them from the photo of that bacon soup last week. These croutons are perfect for soups and salads. You won't be disappointed.

Brown Butter Croutons #recipe

Brown Butter Croutons

Recipe Source: © The Taste Tester

1/4 cup butter, browned and cooled
4 cups bread, cubed into 3/4"-1" squares *I use a mini baguette (equivalent of about 1/2 of a normal baguette)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder

Combine the pepper, salt, italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. In a large bowl toss the cubed bread, cooled brown butter, and the seasoning mix together until cubes are evenly coated. Bake at 375 degrees until bread reaches desired crispness (12-18 minutes). I like more crunchy croutons so I cook them longer. I also stir these croutons about 8 minutes through the cooking time.

Brown Butter Croutons #recipe

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