Toss the croutons over a fairly high heat. Take care to turn them frequently to avoid burning. When the herb-flavoured croutons are crisp and golden brown, transfer them to a sheet of greaseproof paper. Add more oil to the pan and fry the rest of the bread with a dusting of paprika.
Useful tips and interesting facts
Bread croutons are also perfect for giving a touch of crispness to cream soups and veloutés. Besides, croutons are a great way to reduce food waste. If you make them from stale bread they will be even crisper. Instead, use the leftover crusts to make meatballs even more delicious. You just have to soak the crusts for a few moments in water or milk before breaking them into small pieces and adding them to your meatball or meatloaf mixture.
Bread croutons for salads and stuffings are also excellent when baked in the oven. Arrange them on a greaseproof paper-lined oven tray, add a drizzle of olive oil, and flavour them with herbs and spices. Bake in the oven at 170°C for 5-8 minutes, turning them over at least twice.