Try this method on irregularly sized pieces from a rustic, airy loaf like ciabatta, or little squares of pita bread.
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):
per 1/4 cup;
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