Croutons 101

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine and I were shopping at a local supermarket when we met a lady trying to figure out which bread to buy. I think the most bizarre thing wasn’t that she was trying to figure out which bread to buy but that my friend placed me in a rather uncomfortable situation of trying to give credible information on which bread she ought to buy! I am generally not the kind of person that has conversations with strangers at the supermarket, but clearly, Jess was!

So, what eventually happened is that we took a brief tour around the supermarket trying to help her buy ingredients to make the perfect drumsticks and she eventually settled on the bread she desired to buy. But apart from that, I shared with her a more creative way of enjoying bread, by making croutons.

Croutons, derived from the Italian word that means crust, are made from pieces of bread. They vary in shape and size and you can use any type of bread to make them, even stale bread. These pieces of bread are either pan fried or oven baked with butter or cooking oil to give them their distinct crunch. Some people prefer adding spices while others add herbs to their croutons, it all depends on what they enjoy most.

This is an amazing snack for a large group of children. You can also add it to your salads or have it as a side for your soup!

Photo by Valeria Boltneva on

Crouton Recipe

Serves 2

Time: 15 min

Here’s what you need:

  1. 4 slices of bread cut into small squares
  2. 2 TBSP butter/ cooking oil
  3. Salt
  4. Pinch Mixed herbs
  5. 1 Tsp Paprika
  6. Pinch of salt

This is how you make it:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix them well till the pieces of bread are well coated.
  2. Heat your pan over medium-high heat and add in pieces of bread, making sure that each piece is in its own space and not clustered together.
  3. Flip the croutons after 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat once the croutons are golden-brown on both sides.
  5. Enjoy them with your bowl of soup or with your bowl of salad

Bon Appetit!

This article was first published on 26th March, 2018

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