- 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 °F (~180 °C).
- Strain the olive oil into a frying pan and fry the bread cubes in it, tossing to coat with oil.
- Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy and dry.
Notes, tips, and variationsEdit
- 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.
- Warm an 8-inch skillet over low heat while preparing bread. A minute before you are ready to cook, turn heat up to medium.
- Toss bread in a bowl with oil, salt, and garlic powder.
- Cook, stirring often, until crisp and golden brown (about 7 minutes).
- Use as a garnish for soups and salads.
- Place cubes on a greased baking sheet and bake at 400°F (200°C) until thoroughly dried.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add seasonings and combine with oil. Add bread cubes and toss to coat.
- Cook until crisp. Remove and set aside until needed.