This is a great way to use French or sourdough or ciabatta that has gotten a little stale, and add some flavor and crunchiness to your soups.
Ingredients: stale bread, olive oil, zest of 1 lemon, 2 garlic cloves, a fistful of parsley chiffonade, salt to taste, 1 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (other hard cheeses can be used to if you want to mix it up for other recipes).
Cut into slices and drop 2-3 cups worth of bread into your cuisinart with 2 garlic cloves, 2 tsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of salt. Grind until small – medium size crumbs.
Spread across a sheet pan and zest 1 lemon over the top of the crumbs.
Heat oven to 325 – add sheet pan and toast crumbs for 10 minutes (before they get dark).
remove and mix in parsley and parmesan to bread crumbs.
Sprinkle on top of your soup.