I had a bunch of leftover bread that was definitely going stale. I decided to make croutons, something I'd never done before. I had enjoyed a lovely frisee salad with a poached egg, blue cheese, and lardon at the Monday Club in Harvard Square the other day, and I thought I would try to re-create that salad at home.
~ 4 cups of bread, cut into cubes
⅓ cup canola oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced finely or blended
salt & pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Cut the bread into cubes (this is much easier with a bread knife)
Mix the oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and spices (rosemary and thyme) together.
Step 3: Stir in the bread crumbs
Step 4: Spread out the crumbs on a baking sheet in one layer
Step 5: Bake at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes. You can then check it and stir the mixture around. I think this is a forgiving recipe, because I forgot about it for another 20 minutes before I came back and checked, but luckily, they had no burned. Instead, they were golden brown and crunchy.
Let cool on a paper towel and then store in a plastic airtight bag!
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