Simple Croutons

Yield: about 6 cups

Prep time: 5 minutes inactive prep time: 25 minutes Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 French baguette, preferably day-old, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Emeril’s Original Essence or Creole Seasoning, recipe previously documented
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Combine the diced bread, olive oil, Creole seasoning, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl, and toss quickly to coat the croutons well. Transfer the croutons to a baking sheet and spread them out in a single layer. Bake, rotating the baking sheet front to back midway through, or until the bread cubes are crisp all the way through and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven and set aside to cool completely. Store the croutons in an airtight container at room temperature.