Total time: 15 min
Yields: Close to 3 cups
Small, crunchy croutons - the finishing touch for any salad or soup.
3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
One garlic clove
Cut bread into 1-inch cubes.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil or butter. Add the bread cubes and stir frequently. If the bread absorbs all of the olive oil or butter before they start to golden, add more as needed.
Taste a crouton or two after they've been golden for a minute or two, and remove them from the heat once they meet the crispiness-level of your choosing.
For a little bit of extra flavor, toss in a garlic clove or chopped herbs right as the croutons start to golden. Be careful to not let garlic brown!
Serve immediately or within a few hours - these savory morsels are best when eaten fresh.