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Garlic croutons can be purchased but are much better when made from old bread. They are a crucial ingredient of Caesar Salad.
Makes enough croutons for 4 servings of salad.
- Pour the olive oil into a shallow bowl over the garlic and let it soak. Soaking it longer will yield more garlic flavor
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (~180 degrees Celsius).
- Strain the olive oil into a pan and fry the bread cubes in it, tossing to coat with oil.
- Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and garnish with salt. Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy and dry.
To make non-garlic croutons, simply omit the garlic.
One may omit the prep work of mincing the garlic by adding the whole cloves of garlic to the oil and then crushing the garlic (either with a mortar or a fork).
By using very small bread cubes, frying crisp, and omitting the baking, these croutons may be used in place of potatoes.