Emeril's Simple Croutons
Garnish for Broccoli & Cheese Soup
"I like to make a big batch of croutons when I find myself with a day-old Baguette and a little time, and then store them in airtight containers so that I have them on hand for whenever I need them. They will keep this way for a couple of weeks—as long as you make sure to cook them until they're totally crisp and golden. My kids love snacking on them, and they really add such a nice crunch and texture to so many dishes."
Preheat the oven to 300°F.
Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and toss quickly to coat the croutons well.
Transfer the croutons to a baking sheet and spread them out in a single layer. Bake, rotating the baking sheet front to back midway through, until crisp all the way through and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Yield: About 6 cups