You could easily get some store-bought gluten-free croutons but you would miss out on these. What makes these croutons so amazing are the baguettes I use. I don’t plug many products on my blog, but Against the Grain Gourmet baguettes are unique and make for the best croutons you will ever eat. The baguettes are made with mozzarella cheese which gives them a flavor, airiness and texture that can’t be beat. I am dairy-free for the most part, but I make an exception for this baguette.
Three ingredients are all you need to make these gluten-free croutons – a baguette, olive oil and salt. Cut the baguette into cubes, toss with some olive oil and sprinkle on some salt. Bake at 400ºF for 5-7 minutes and you have croutons that are worthy of eating like a snack. But if you can resist eating them before other foods are involved – put them on a Kale Strawberry Salad, on Creamy Zucchini Soup, Creamy Asparagus Soup, or my Lentil Quinoa Soup.
I love these croutons with just oil and salt but here are some great ways to put a spin on them.
- Add 1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs, like basil, rosemary or thyme to the oil before tossing.
- Add 1/4 tsp granulated garlic and/or 1/4 tsp onion powder to the oil before tossing
- Use flavor-infused olive oil
- After tossing with the oil, add 1/2 c finely grated parmesan cheese