Making homemade croutons for a salad is usually a process that's easy enough, but you have to fire up the oven to do it. This method from Bon Appetit shows you how to do it on the stove in a fraction of the time, and infuse a ton of herb and garlic flavour. The oven method is still best if you have the time to let those flavours develop slowly over time — or if you need a lot of croutons — but this stovetop method is super quick, and makes enough for a weeknight dinner, maybe for two. Just tear up some bread, preferably the day old stuff, into bite-size pieces. Saute some crushed garlic cloves in a little olive oil in a pan, and add some rosemary and thyme to add some herbaceous flavour. Once they have warmed up a bit, toss in the bread.
Saute until the bread pieces are crispy and brown, but the kicker is to keep them moving in the pan so that they don't get too dark on any one side, and not to add any more oil than you have to so the bread doesn't get soggy. Oh, and keep the heat down, so the bread doesn't burn. Check out the whole process in the video above, or hit the link below to check it out at YouTube.
How to Make Stovetop Croutons [Bon Appétit]