Herbed Garlic Croutons
Better Crunch for your Salads
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  1. 2 large garlic cloves, sliced thin lengthwise
  2. 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  3. 1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  4. 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt plus additional to taste
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1/2 cup olive oil
  8. 1 loaf of Italian bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 7 cups)
  9. 1/4 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan
  1. In a small saucepan combine the garlic, the oregano, the basil, the thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, the pepper, and the oil.
  2. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes, and discard the garlic.
  3. In a bowl toss the bread cubes with the oil mixture.
  4. Spread them in a jelly-roll pan, and bake them in the middle of a preheated 350°F oven for 8 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the croutons with the Parmesan and bake them for 7 minutes more, or until they are golden.
  6. Sprinkle the croutons with the additional salt and let them cool.
  7. Store in an airtight container for 1 week. Serve the croutons as a topping for tossed green salad or homemade soups.
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