Croutons are pieces of sautéed or rebaked bread, often cubed and seasoned, that are used to add texture and flavor to soups or salads.
2 cups stale bread, cut into cubes
1/3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic
Salt & Pepper
Oregano or other herbs (optional)
In a food processor or mixer add all the ingredients, except the bread and mix.
Brush the bread with the dressing and cut it into 1 cm (½ inch) cubes. (Otherwise you can pound the garlic and mix in the remaining ingredients).
Arrange the bread cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer and place in the oven.
Bake them in a preheated oven at 180o C / 350o F, until they start to brown. Turn them once and bake them for 5 more minutes. Turn the oven off and let them cool in the oven. That will make them very crispy.
Note: If you like you can make the croutons in a non stick frying pan. You should keep mixing them until they are browned on all sides.