This is what I always do with stale bread or heels.  Homemade croutons are cheap, easy to make and incredibly delicious.  They even make an excellent snack on their own.  Once you have the method down, the flavors and spices can be adjusted to your liking.  Put these in a salad and it will be lifted to a whole new level.

"Crouton" comes from the French word for "crust."

"Crouton" comes from the French word for "crust."

• 1 loaf worth of stale bread or heels

• 4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

• 4 tbsp. olive oil

• Salt, to taste


Cut the bread into ¾” pieces and arrange on a baking sheet. 

Bake in a 175° oven until dry and as crisp as you prefer, but not browned.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the garlic cloves.

After the garlic is fragrant and browned, remove it from the pan and add the bread.

Toss the croutons in the oil until golden brown, remove from heat and season liberally with salt.



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