Garlic Croutons

I like crunchy croutons and have found that a combination of stove top and oven baked preparation gives me the buttery, crunchy taste and texture that I am looking for in a crouton.

Yield: 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

½ loaf bakery or French bread – cut into ½ inch cubes

1 large clove of garlic – roughly chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

In a medium saute’ pan, add oil and butter. When the butter is completely melted, add the clove of garlic and cook for about 1 minute or until the garlic starts to brown. When the garlic starts to brown, remove it from the pan. Add the bread cubes and toss in the garlic flavored oil and butter.

Transfer the bread cubes to a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally so the croutons are browned on all sides. Remove from the oven when the croutons are lightly browned. Serve with soups or as a topping for salads.