I happened to have some leftover hot dog buns from my son's birthday party this weekend, so I used those!
So you want to cut the bread into 1" cubes. (sometimes if I'm making them to go on top of soup, I'll make them a bit larger, but these are for salad)
Then put the bread cubes in a large bowl (you want a big enough bowl that you can toss/stir the croutons and the topping without the bread cubes falling out because that's just annoying...)
I bought this cheapo plastic bowl for a buck at Walmart when we first got married. It has a crack in it and it's totally stained, but I love it!! It's the perfect size.
Ok, so now you want to make up the stuff to mix with the bread cubes. In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, melt 2 TB butter, then add 1/4 cup olive oil. Then add 2 cloves of garlic, either from the jar, or pressed (which I prefer). Last, add 1/2 tsp sea salt (if you're going to use regular table salt, only use 1/4 tsp). Give it all a quick whisk with a fork:
IMPORTANT!!- as soon as you take them out of the oven, put them on paper towels to cool. If you leave them on the pan, or put them in a bowl with no paper towels, they will be soggy and disgusting, and you will be sad, because your house will smell all crouton-ey and delicious, and you will only have soggy bread cubes.
I use a 9x13 lined with paper towels:
Find some leftover bread and bake a batch!! :)