There’s always a menu for every occasion, and for huge parties it’s always bite sized. You have the mini spinach pies, the mini quiche, the mini sandwiches and of course Pinterest, which has brought to attention ideas about how to make the best things in life bite size.
These Garlic Bread Bites are multi purpose. You leave them in the oven for a bit longer and they turn into croutons for a delicious caesar salad (which is why I made them in the first place). I’ve tried the ready made croutons here in Ilmenau, and they’re just stale pieces of bread with no flavor at all. Making them is obviously the better option, and it doesn’t take that much time at all. It’s better to use bread that’s close to going stale, but if you have fresh bread just pop it in the fridge overnight.
You will need:
5 slices of bread
3 Tblspn butter
1 Tblspn of any flavorless oil
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp each of dried basil and oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 180 C. Cut the bread into 1 1/2 inch squares. Into a microwave proof bowl heat the butter, oil and garlic for 30 seconds. Take it out and add in the salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Add the red pepper only if you want it to be spicy. Drizzle the butter mixture over the bread and toss it so everything is evenly mixed. Spread the pieces of bread out evenly on a baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you want the bread to get. For croutons keep your oven at 170 C, and keep them in for 20-25 minutes. They’ll get crispy slower, but they’ll dry out perfectly without burning.
That’s all there is to it! They’re great on their own as well, and great to put over soup. You can change the herbs according to what flavor you want, and take out the garlic if you’re not a fan.