Parmesan Croutons

Crunchy, cheesy and garlicky - these Parmesan croutons made with day-old bread are an easy way to dress up soups and salads.


INGREDIENTS

2 cups baguette cut in to 3/4-inch cubes
4 small cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the garlic and butter in a small saucepan and place over moderate heat until the butter has completely melted and is bubbling but not browning. Remove from the heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain the butter and discard the garlic cloves.

In a bowl, add infused garlic butter to bread cubes, tossing to evenly coat the cubes. Place the bread cubes on a sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes. Stir 2 or 3 times while baking. Bake until golden brown and crisp all the way through. While croutons are still warm, toss with grated Parmesan. Makes about 2 cups croutons.



Yield: 6 to 8 servings.