Best Homemade Croutons

If you like really good croutons, I’ve been told these are it!  I started out making them for Caesar salad, and ended up making them for snacks.

This is a great way to use up leftover bread.  Dense textured bread works really well.  I’ve never tried it with bagels before, but it’s a winner.

Bagel Croutons

Best Homemade Croutons


  • 2-3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 TBSP butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large "everything" bagels, cut into large bitesize pieces


  1. Heat a large, ovenproof skillet on low. Add oil, butter, and garlic to skillet. Let the garlic infuse the oil and butter for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  2. Heat oven to 325.
  3. Add bagel pieces to skillet. Raise heat in skillet to medium. Stir pieces well to coat with garlic mixture. Spread pieces in a single layer.
  4. When oven is up to temperature, place skillet in oven. Toast bagel pieces for 10 minutes. Stir pieces, and toast for another 7 minutes.