Garlic Parmesan Croutons

Soak:

4 cloves garlic, minced very fine

in

1/2 c olive oil

for 3 hours.

Cut:

1 (8 oz) loaf French baguette or similar into 1.5-2 cm cubes.

Strain oil over bread and coat evenly.

Mix:

3/4 c finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) (use 1/2 c in first step, 1/4 c in final step)

pinch cayenne

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs

1/2 tsp paprika

Sprinkle mixture over bread, toss.

Spread bread on cookie sheet. Bake at 300 F for 15 minutes. Flip and return to oven for another 15 minutes.

Sprinkle remaining 1/4 c cheese and return to over for a further 15 minutes.

Let cool to room temp before storing.