The most basic croutons are baguette rounds brushed with melted butter and baked for a short time until golden.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly brush a baking sheet with butter. Place bread slices on sheet. Brush top of each slice with remaining butter.

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  • Toast in oven until crisp and golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer croutons to a wire rack. Let cool completely.

Cook's Notes

These classic croutons can be used in salads and soups -- plain or covered with melted cheese -- or as appetizers topped with spreads and vegetables.

Variations

Flavor with butter or olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs, or Gruyere or other cheeses.

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