Parmesan Croutons

I make these croutons for salads and to add to soups.  They never last long in the house, they are just so good to snack on.  This recipe is taken from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.  



1. Cut four 1/2-inch-thick slices French bread into 3/4-inch cubes; set aside.  In a large skillet melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine.  Remove from heat.  Stir in 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.  Add bread cubes, stirring until cubes are coated with butter mixture.  Spread bread cubes in a single layer in a shallow baking pan.  Bake in a 300F oven for 10 minutes; stir.  Bake about 10 minutes more or until bread cubes are crisp and golden.  Cool completely; store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  Makes about 2 cups. 

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