The Basics: How to Make Croutons
Buttery, garlicky, and they kick store-bought’s ass
From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.
- WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- – an oven-safe frying pan or a frying pan and a baking dish
- – three slices of crusty white bread such as pain au levain
- – butter or cooking oil
- – one minced garlic clove
- – salt and pepper
- – finely chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or thyme (optional)
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (it will take at least 20 minutes to warm up).
2. Cut the bread into cubes.
3. Place a knob of butter or some oil in the frying pan over medium-high heat.
4. Once the butter is melted or the oil is heated, add the garlic and season with salt and pepper.
5. Add the bread cubes and stir to coat. Turn off the heat and season with more salt and pepper.
6. Transfer the frying pan to the oven; if you’re not using an oven-safe pan, put the bread cubes in a baking dish and put that in the oven. Cook for 10 minutes or until browned. Fold in fresh herbs (if using) and serve with an easy Greek salad.
Illustrations by Bill Russell