There’s bread, and then there’s good bread. A piece of sandwich bread from the grocery store is night and day from a fresh rustic loaf from a legitimate bakery. This is the bread I’m talking about. In order to make awesome homemade croutons, you need awesome bread. I’m not a big bread consumer in general. But like The Most Interesting Man says: I do not always eat bread, but when I do, it’s good bread. So go out there and get your self a loaf of damn good bread, and let’s make some salad magic.
1/2 loaf amazing bread (rustic sourdough, French, brown country loaf, etc), cubed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic (optional)
Put cubed bread you’re not eating into plastic bag and freeze for future use. In a skillet heat olive oil until rippling. Add garlic if using, and stir briefly before adding in cubed bread. Let bread brown on all sides, 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool briefly on paper towels. Top pre-dressed salad with handful of croutons.