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Sautéed Croutons

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Yields 2 to 3 cups.

Try this method on irregularly sized pieces from a rustic, airy loaf like ciabatta, or little squares of pita bread.

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 4 oz. (2 to 3 cups) bread cubes
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

In a 10-inch or larger skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, add the garlic clove, mashing it and breaking it up slightly with a wooden spoon, and raise the heat to medium. Cook until the garlic just begins to turn brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Discard the garlic and add the bread cubes and salt. Toss to combine and cook, stirring frequently, until the bread is crisp and well browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to let cool.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per 1/4 cup; Calories (kcal): 80; Fat (g): 5; Fat Calories (kcal): 45; Saturated Fat (g): 2; Protein (g): 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): 7; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 220; Cholesterol (mg): 10; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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