From The Best Recipe cookbook. This makes a SMALL amount, at the minimum I would double it and usually I at least triple it. I also like to make this using onion bagels instead of bread.


2 large garlic cloves, peeled and pressed through garlic press
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups 1/2-inch white bread cubes (from a baguette or country loaf)


1. Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Mix garlic, salt, and oil in small bowl; set aside for 20 minutes. 

3. Spread bread cubes out over small baking sheet. Drizzle oil through fine-mesh strainer evenly onto bread; toss to coat. Bake until golden, about 12 minutes (for me it usually takes as much as 20 minutes). 

4. Cool on baking sheet to room temperature. (Croutons can be stored in airtight container for up to 1 day).