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, coming next.
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!
- 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!
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