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Garlic Croutons
Makes 1 Cup
*1 clove garlic, minced
*1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
*Melted butter or oil
*1 cup bread, with or without crusts removed, cubed
*Salt and pepper
1Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
2Sprinkle the garlic with kosher salt and mash to a paste with the side of a large knife. Add garlic paste to the butter or oil.
3Toss the bread with enough melted butter or oil to lightly coat the cubes and season them with salt and pepper. Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden. Stir the croutons once or twice during baking so they brown evenly.
  • Croutons keep well for several days in an airtight container, so make a large batch if you have enough bread on hand. To make croutons, remove the crust from the bread, if desired. Cut the bread into cubes. You can cut the croutons into any size you like, from tiny cubes for garnishing soups in cups to large cubes for garnishing soups served in soup plates or to add to salads.

Recipe from VEGETABLES by The Culinary Institute of America (Lebhar-Friedman Books; April 2007)