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California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Herb Croutons



  • 2 2/3 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic granules
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 loaf country-style white bread, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch cubes


  1. Heat the oven to 225 degrees F.
  2. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Remove from the heat ad stir in the garlic granules, basil, salt and cayenne.
  3. Put the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl. Add the seasoned butter and quickly toss to coat the cubes evenly. Spread the buttered cubes on a baking sheet and bake until they are golden brown on the outside and crisp throughout, about 1 hour. (To test for doneness, cut or carefully bite into one of the larger croutons; its center should be completely dry and crisp.)
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Yield: 1 quart

Posted by GayleL at Recipe Goldmine - May 19, 2001

Source: California Pizza Kitchen-Pasta, Salads, Soups and Sides

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