Copycat Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons

Sadly, the Ruby Tuesday’s that was near our home is long gone. Oh how I do miss their salad bar. It was always well-stocked and super-cold. It was a happy time when I walked up with my plate and started to craft my salad creation. One of my favorite things on the bar, and the crowning piece for my salads, were the croutons. Perfectly crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, I would mound them up on my plate. True. Well, now I have to make my copycat Ruby Tuesday pumpernickel croutons instead. In addition, I love them just as much!

Copycat Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons

I’m pretty sure the croutons at Ruby Tuesday weren’t baked. I think that’s ok. However, and more importantly, these taste like the croutons I remember. And that was my goal of these copycat Ruby Tuesday pumpernickel croutons: to reproduce that memory.

I could only find a lighter pumpernickel the day I made these. The ‘real’ ones used a darker bread. Either way, you’ll love them.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome copycat salad dressings and toppings:
Applebee’s Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing
Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons
Texas Roadhouse French Salad Dressing
Texas Roadhouse Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best copycat garden salad dressings and toppings!

Copycat Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons

Copycat Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and oh so good.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 693 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups pumpernickel bread cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus a bit more

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Place breadcrumbs into a large bowl.
  • Place butter into a small bowl. Stir in the garlic powder and salt.
  • Pour butter mixture over breadcrumbs and toss or stir gently to coat.
  • Pour bread out onto a large baking sheet. Spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and check for crispiness. Bake longer if needed, but check every few minutes or so. The croutons will get crunchier as they cool so take them out before they are totally crunchy.
  • Remove. Sprinkle with salt if desired.
  • Let cool before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 693kcalCarbohydrates: 113gProtein: 21gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1703mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 15gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 165mgIron: 7mg
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Copycat Outback Steakhouse Croutons

Add copycat Outback Steakhouse croutons to my ever-growing list of things I have no self-control around. I love a crouton that is packed with flavor. The bread has to be crunchy, golden brown on the outside. And the inside has to be just a bit soft. Not like mushy soft, but softer than the crust. These croutons hit the spot and tested my ability to control myself like it hadn’t been tested in a long, long time.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Croutons

Don’t over-melt the butter when you make these copycat Outback Steakhouse croutons. You want it a bit thick. Like the consistency of mayonnaise. That’s what you’re looking for. Me, I love Cajun seasoning, so I added extra. I like a little spiciness. Most salads don’t have any heat to them at all. No kick. Well, add a little extra seasoning and yours can.

This recipe calls for a whole loaf of Texas toast. That means you’ll get a lot of croutons. I do mean a lot. Enough for a big ole party or family get-together. You can easily cut the recipe in half and get a ‘manageable’ amount of croutons. Or make the entire thing and freeze any excess croutons for later.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome copycat salad dressings and toppings:
Applebee’s Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing
Ruby Tuesday Pumpernickel Croutons
Texas Roadhouse French Salad Dressing
Texas Roadhouse Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best copycat garden salad dressings and toppings!

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Croutons

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Croutons

Fantastically-flavored croutons!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 10 cups
Calories 170 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf Texas toast
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter one-half pound
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning more or less, to taste
  • 1/4 cup garlic minced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Cut the bread into bite-sized pieces. I cut mine into 1" cubes. Transfer to two large baking sheets and bake for 8 or so minutes or until golden brown but NOT crunchy. You're more after color than doneness at this point. Remove and let cool.
  • Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds or more until the butter is just soft but NOT melted. You want it to be the consistency of mayonnaise.
  • Add the garlic and seasoning to the butter and mix well.
  • Transfer half of the butter mixture to a large bowl and add half of the bread cubes. Stir gently with a spatula or large spoon to coat well. Transfer the coated cubes back to a baking sheet. Repeat with the other half of the butter mixture and bread cubes.
  • Bake cubes another 10-20 minutes or until the croutons have the desired doneness, stirring every few minutes. For me this was about 10 minutes. I like my croutons to be crunchy on the outside and a little soft on the inside.
  • Remove from the oven and cool before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 4mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 1082IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.3mg
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