Delicious plain, croûtes—really just large croutons—can also be rubbed with a cut clove of garlic after they're cooked. Brushing the croûtes with oil helps them stay crisp in soups. Delicious, Quick Side Dishes
Though less resistant to liquid, croûtes made without oil or butter still taste good. Make Rustic Croûtes, omitting the oil. After broiling or grilling, rub each croûte on both sides with a halved garlic clove.