Baguettes, white sandwich bread, and English muffins make great baked croutons.
Yields 2 to 3 cups.
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Get Creative with Homemade Croutons
3 Tbs. unsalted butter or extra-virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, crushed and peeled
4 oz. (2 to 3 cups) bread cubes;
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Heat the oven to 350°F. In a small skillet, melt the butter or heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic clove, mashing and breaking it up slightly with a wooden spoon, and raise the heat to medium. Cook until the garlic just begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and discard the garlic clove. Put the bread cubes in a mixing bowl, drizzle the melted butter or oil all over, sprinkle on the salt, and toss to distribute evenly. Spread the cubes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden all the way around, turning once or twice with a spatula, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool.
nutrition information (per serving):
per 1/4 cup;
photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 65
, pp. 76
May 1, 2004