EVERYTHING BAGEL spiced croutons to add as a salad topper, pasta topper, or anything topper really. If you like the “everything but the bagel” sesame seasoning spice blend, you’ll love these croutons!
This post should be subtitled: Guess how many baguettes it takes to make a cup of croutons!
My answer? 4. Because I had to eat 3 and half, obviously.
Because, did you know, you’re supposed to use a slightly stale baguette to make a batch of croutons?
I mean what IS “day old baguette?” That’s like “leftover wine,” an unfamiliar term in my kitchen. (I kid, kind of.)
But really, every time I planned to make these croutons I would buy a baguette from the store, come home and immediately want to eat the entire loaf.
On my third attempt at shopping, I had the genius idea to buy TWO loaves of baguette, so I could still “have my bread and eat it too,” if you will.
So I finally had a (partial) baguette that stood a chance at getting slightly stale and ready for crouton-making.
The “everything but the bagel” spice blend (sold at places like Trader Joe’s or Amazon*, affiliate link) is a mix of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, no-salt-added garlic powder, onion powder, and kosher salt.
(This post is not sponsored by everything but the bagel spice or Trader Joe’s, but HEY TRADER JOE’S I love you.)
You can make your own everything bagel spice blend by mixing equal parts (1 teaspoon for example) of all the above 5 ingredients.
People kind of go crazy for it.
As to why I wanted so badly to make everything bagel croutons?
My cousin Sam told me about the best mac-and-cheese she ever had while traveling, and you guessed it – it was topped with everything bagel croutons. (I need to find out the name of this place.)
By the way – that recipe, you can find here.
- 2 cups cubed bread, (I used a French baguette, cut or torn into cubes), day old or slightly stale
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons "everything but the bagel" seasoning (see post write up for how to make your own)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium bowl, drizzle olive oil over the cubed bread and stir to coat. (PRO TIP: Use an oil spray on the croutons before adding seasoning so it is more evenly coated.)
- Sprinkle on the seasoning, adding more or less as desired.
- Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown (baking time will depend on freshness of bread).
- Serve on top of salads, pastas, etc.! Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
*Slightly stale bread is best for making croutons so that it is gets crispy enough without burning. If using fresh bread, my recommendation is to decrease temperature to 325°F. and bake for slightly longer.
**I find 1 cup of bread cubes + 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 tablespoon everything but the bagel seasoning to be the ratio I prefer. Add more as needed!
USE THESE WITH THIS MAC AND CHEESE RECIPE!
Serving Size:1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.