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Italian Salad Croutons Recipe

"These crisp buttery croutons are so good," comments Ellen Benninger of Greenville, Pennsylvania. "I don't know where I got the recipe, but I've been using it for more than 10 years." Toss the croutons in a salad, garnish a bowl of soup with them or sprinkle them on top of a creamy casserole.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 bread slices, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the butter, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Add bread cubes and toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • 2. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Yield: about 2 cups.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 46 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 73 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.