Crunchy homemade croutons add richness
and texture to salads, soups, and pasta.
Use a crusty, Italian (or similar) bread that
is a day or 2 old. You only need to use a
few slices. Cut the slices into cubes; you
can make them as large or small as you
like. Slice a garlic clove into 2 to 3 pieces.
Coat the bottom of a skillet with some olive
oil and add the garlic slices. Heat the
skillet over medium-high heat. When the
garlic starts to sizzle, add the bread cubes.
Stir them once to coat the cubes with the oil
and then just allow them to cook. Turn
them occasionally so that they brown
evenly on all sides, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Add more oil if the skillet gets too dry.
Remove and discard the garlic slices when
they start to brown.
Transfer the croutons to a plate and
sprinkle them lightly with grated Parmesan
cheese. You can serve them with a salad
immediately or allow them to sit for up to 30
You can also make the croutons in the
oven. Cut the bread into cubes, toss with
some olive oil, place on a baking sheet,
and bake in a 400 degrees F oven until
crisp, about 8 minutes.