Cut a loaf of French country bread into 1-inch/2.5-centimeter cubes (it’s up to you if you want to remove the crust). Heat ½ cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 or 3 peeled, lightly smashed garlic cloves and swirl the oil around so the garlic cooks. When the garlic is bubbling, add 5 to 10 thyme sprigs, then the bread cubes. Cook the bread till all sides are golden brown, adding more olive oil if needed. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. The croutons can be stored in an airtight container but are best used the same day.