Garlic Parmesan Croutons
6 cloves garlic – pressed OR crushed OR minced
3 Tbls. butter OR margarine
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 cups cubed day-old bread
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbls. chopped fresh thyme OR 1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
In a small skillet, sauté garlic in butter until golden; remove from heat; stir in oil.
Place the bread in a large bowl, pour garlic mixture evenly over all, cover, and toss to coat.
Sprinkle Parmesan, thyme, salt, and pepper over bread, cover, and toss to coat.
Spread croutons evenly on a baking sheet and bake in a 250 degree oven for 30-45 minutes, until crisp and golden.