A crouton /ˈkruːtɒn/ is a piece of sautéed or rebaked bread, often cubed and seasoned, that is used to add texture and flavor to salads, notably the Caesar salad, as an accompaniment to soups and stews, or eaten as a snack food. The word crouton is derived from the French croûton, itself derived from croûte, meaning “crust”. Most people consider croutons to come invariably in the shape of small cubes, but they can actually be of any size and shape, up to a very large slice. A croûton (crouton) is a diminutive form of a croûte (croute), much like a cigarette is a diminutive form of a cigar. Many people now use crouton for croute, so the usage has changed. Historically, however, a croute was a slice of a baguette lightly brushed with oil or clarified butter and baked. In French cooking ‘croûte’ is not only a noun but also has a verb form which describes the cooking process that transforms the bread into the crust[wikipedia].
Here are some of over favourite easy recipes to make croutons at home.
Homemade Croutons Recipe – Food Network
Easy Crunchy Garlic Croutons Recipe – Natasha’s Kitchen
Herbed Garlic and Parmesan Croutons Recipe – Epicurious
Like we mentioned before, croutons are a great accompaniment to soups and salads. They add to the taste and texture giving them an interesting twist. Two of the classic recipes where croutons find a home are French Onion soup and Caesar Salad. Here are the recipes:
French Onion Soup with Cheese Croutons – Tarla Dalal
Eggless Caesar Salad – Shweta In The Kitchen
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