Herb Garlic Parmesan Croutons
1/2 colive oil
5 largecloves garlic, pressed
1 largeloaf french baguette
3/4 cgrana padano or parmigiano- reggiano cheese, grated and divided
1/4 tspground thyme
1/4 tspdried basil
1/4 tspdried oregano
1 smallpinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
·freshly ground black pepper, to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
How to Make Herb Garlic Parmesan Croutons
- Mix together olive oil and garlic; let it infuse for 4 to 5 hours at room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 300ºF. Cut a baguette in half, then half and then in cubes; place in a big bowl.
- Using a fine sieve, strain oil infusion over the bread cubes, pressing garlic with the back of a spoon. Toss very well with a spatula until bread is completely coated. Mix half a cup of cheese with thyme, oregano, basil, cayenne and black pepper; toss well.
- Place cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer; bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and toss again; bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven (they won’t be cook) and press them against each other. Sprinkle the rest of Parmesan cheese; return to the oven until done and crispy, about 13 to 15 minutes. Store them in a Ziploc bag when they are completely cool.