Sage and Dill Homemade Croutons

Top your summer salads with these homemade, gourmet croutons.

Recipe and photograph by Lauren McElwain

1 loaf Italian or French bread (day-old works best)
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat oven to 400°F, and cut bread into 1-inch cubes.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic and herbs. Pour in the bread cubes, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

Spread evenly on a roasting pan, and bake for 15 minutes. Stir twice during cooking to make sure all sides are browned.

Serve with soup or salad, or store in an air-tight container for use later.

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