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.
Everything Bagel Croutons
- 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.
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