Spicy Old Bay Croutons

by Heather on April 27, 2011

As I’m typing this it’s almost 6 o’clock in the morning.  And yes, I am craving Old Bay.

You see, there comes a time in every person’s life when they have to decide if they’re man or mouse.  Do you want the Old Bay or do you not want the Old Bay?  If you say no to the Old Bay, we’re friends…but I will have to shun you.

Un-shun.  One day I’m confident you’ll realize the error of your ways and fall in love with Old Bay like I did.  Just know that I believe in you.  Re-shun.

Mustard, paprika, celery seed, bay leaf, black pepper, red pepper, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, salt, mace, ginger.  Those aren’t all just fun spice names…no no no, those are a list of some of the ingredients in Old Bay.  And with that I ask you how could you NOT be delighted in throwing it in with large quantities of bread, butter, and garlic?

That’s what I thought.  So here we go:

SPICY OLD BAY CROUTONS

  • 10 slices day-old bread or equivalent (I actually used 10 mini bagels and LOVED the texture)
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter (olive oil works well too)
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 300.  Slice the bread into crouton-sized pieces (what constitutes crouton size?  probably about 3/4 of an inch or so).  Place bread in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl whisk together the butter, garlic powder, Old Bay, and salt.  Pour evenly over the bread (you might need to use a spatula).  Using your hands toss the bread in the spice mixture until evenly coated.  Dump onto a lined or greased baking sheet and bake at 300 for 15 minutes, flip, and then for another 10-15 minutes until the bread pieces are turning a slight golden brown.  Let cool completely before storing in an air-tight plastic bag or container.

We enjoyed these on salads or just straight out of the bag for a solid week.

And yes, Old Bay-spiked croutons first thing in the morning are a treat.  Which reminds me, I need to go make breakfast ;)

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 27, 2011

My husband (and me) would LOVE these :)

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet April 27, 2011

Never thought of putting Old Bay on croutons. Would totally love this.

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3 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 27, 2011

I love this! This would make my salads so much more exciting!

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4 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 27, 2011

Hubs always uses old bay in soup. Our cat always goes crazy when he shakes that tin! I can only imagine how crazy he’d go if I made these haha.

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5 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 27, 2011

I loooooove Old Bay. I’m glad we can still be friends :-)

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6 Emily @ A Cambridge Story April 27, 2011

I an a HUGE fan of Old Bay. Just made bagels topped in it. It goes well on tons of stuff – not the least of which are croutons!

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7 Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 April 27, 2011

I love Old Bay. I would never have thought to use it on croutons, though. Great idea!

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8 Heather April 27, 2011

These would go perfect with a crawfish boil! YUM

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9 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 27, 2011

I am ashamed to admit that I ran out of Old Bay and have not replenished my supply in months. I will be making a grocery run soon though! Old Bay croutons sound delicious.

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10 alex April 27, 2011

The other night I made tuna cakes and totally forgot the Old Bay! Boo!

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11 janetha April 27, 2011

I love Old Bay! These are probably killer in clam chowder.

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12 Heather C April 27, 2011

I think people have craved stranger things at 6 a.m. ;)

For some reason I have yet to make my own croutons.?!! When I finally do, THIS is happening.

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13 (what runs) Lori April 27, 2011

Old bay is delicious with seafood… oh my. But your cute little seasoned croutons look amazing!

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14 Kristi April 28, 2011

Yum! I love Old Bay. I never thought of making croutons out of them.

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15 Elle May 3, 2011

Oooh, I just bought a loaf of great bread to make croutons with. I usually go simple with s and p, and garlic. But since Old Bay is my recent new best friend, I’m doing this!

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