Herbed Crouton Sticks

Dunk these king-size homemade croutons in soups or toss into salads.

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Yields:
about 24 sticks
Prep:
15 mins
Cool:
30 mins
Bake:
25 mins 300°F
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Herbed Crouton Sticks

Ingredients
1
8 ounce package thin baguette
1/2
cup butter or margarine
1
tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/8
teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Cut baguette in half horizontally. Cut bread into strips 3-1/2-inches long by 1-inch wide (or a length that will fit into gift container); set aside. In a 12-inch skillet melt butter or margarine. Stir in basil and garlic powder. Add half the crouton sticks, stirring until coated with butter mixture. Arrange crouton sticks in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Repeat with remaining crouton sticks.
  2. Bake, uncovered, in a 300 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until crouton sticks are dry and crisp, turning once. Cool completely. Store, tightly covered, at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Makes about 24 sticks.

From the Test Kitchen

To Present This As a Gift:

You will need an antique refrigerator dish from the '40s or '50s, or another brightly colored vintage container; and clean vintage tea towel or fabric napkin. First arrange the crouton sticks in the container. Put the lid on to keep the sticks airtight. Wrap the container with a napkin or tea towel.

Or try this:

If you do not have a lid for the container, place the sticks upright, cover with colored cellophane, and wrap with a kitchen towel.

Nutrition Facts

(Herbed Crouton Sticks)
    Per serving:
  • 62 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 11 mg chol.,
  • 99 mg sodium,
  • 5 g carb.,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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