4 cups cubed Grand Central Como, Peasant or other rustic bread (about 4 slices, torn or cut)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or melted butter)
Freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Adjust rack to center position.
Cut bread into 1-inch slices, then cut or tear into ¾-inch cubes (or smaller for a casserole topping). In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with olive oil or melted butter and season with a generous pinch of kosher salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with baking parchment.
Bake in preheated oven, tossing the croutons midway through, until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. For chewier croutons, reduce baking time to 8-10 minutes.
Let cool. Use immediately or store in an air-tight container or zip-top plastic bag at room temperature. Freeze for longer storage.
1 – Toss with finely grated hard cheese, such as parmesan, just after removing from oven. 2 – Add chopped fresh or dried herbs just before baking. 3 – Crush a clove of garlic and heat with butter or olive oil in sauté pan until fragrant but not burned; discard garlic and proceed with recipe.