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23 comments to “Croutons”

  1. not sure if jacques pepin would approve (and who cares), but i have made a habit of using bacon grease from sunday breakfast to coat my stale bread cubes for croutons. toss the bread cubes in the baconny goodness, add some black pepper, and throw it in the oven. gives them a slight but not overwhelming bacon taste and they are super addictive.

    oh, and make sure to keep non-bacon croutons around for your vegetarian and muslim friends ; )

  2. Homemade croutons are the absolute best!…I make them all the time…

  3. I’m with you on making homemade croutons but try them with leftover cornbread some time, even better!

  4. Pumpernickel croutons sound heavenly … the basics are great. There’s a reason they become classics.

  5. Mmm, I remember making croutons with my mom all the time as a kid. We would always shave on some fresh parmesan and it was so so delicious. Thank you for reminding me, I’ll definitely make sure I make some with her over Thanksgiving!

  6. I love simple things like this. It’s so nice to be reminded of small things that take meals beyond. I feel the same way about this herb rub: http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_wednesday_chef/2011/08/david-lebovitzs-herb-rub.html

    Have you tried it?

  7. …I love homemade croutons! Sad thing is, when I do make ’em they rarely stick around for very long as I eat them like potato chips. ;o)

    …Blessings :o)

  8. I LOVE making my own croutons. And I always need to make about double what I need, because I find that I munch on them all the time.

  9. Ooh, these would definitely be dangerous hanging around in my kitchen! Love the garlic & oil infusion technique, I’m going to have to try the croutons just for that!

  10. This looks wonderful…and dangerous! Never a good idea for me to have garlicky/salty/crunchy things hanging around as they tend to go straight into my mouth. Still, I may have to make an exception here. Unbelievably, I’ve never made my own croutons before! So thanks for this, and for the super site.

  11. Tim-

    Yesterday I was thinking of making the pear sorbet from the Canal House Cookbook and when I went to google it to see if anyone else had attempted it and I immediately found your post! So then I was thinking how could I possibly make it any better. I mean really…could I? I thought of adding a little scoop of vanilla bean ice cream with it and making Caramel glazed croutons on top. Then I come here this morning and see you have a post about croutons!!

    This freaks me out! (but in a good way)

    -Tracy

  12. I love a good crouton, especially in a piping hot bowl of tomato soup. These look perfect.

  13. Croutons are a wonderful thing. My favorite way lately is to simply tear the bread into roughish pieces, some small and crumby and some a little larger before carrying on with the toasting. It’s the rough texture which I adore so much, because it seems to amp up the crunch factor. (I even love the word crunch!) With just the two of us, our little toaster oven gets to do the work, unless I can capitalize on the residual heat if the oven happens to be on for something else.

    Hope you honeymooners are still floating! Pam

  14. Leftover bread is a godsend! If I don’t make croutons, I make breadcrumbs. Unfortunately, the croutons are a very tempting snack which can lead to bad things!

  15. The best are cornbread croutons! They are great with a Thanksgiving-themed salad (I’m always the awkward vegetarian at Turkey dinner, so I come prepared). Cornbread croutons, fresh cranberries, sweet potatoes, honey vinegarette…mmm.

  16. Ah. Baked croutons. Thats a great idea. I wonder why all the croutons served in india are deep fried. I always try and avoid them for that reason but now ill have to give these a try. Thanks!

  17. oh LAWD. bread is such a beautifully rustic food. I keep my own pet starter at home and will definitely experiment with this recipe when we have extra bread that didn’t quite make the cut.

  18. i totally relate to loving crunch. it’s such an crazy mouth sensation! big ol’ croutons in a caesar or a wedge get me everytime.

  19. These look look+sound so yummy! I am a homemade crouton addict. They ate the perfect blend of salty crunch. Mmmmm. I am usually afraid of using actual garluc bits (afraid they will burn maybe?) so I season them with garlic salt. But your garlic oil technique sounds fabulous! Must try it next time! <3

  20. Croutons are definitely worth making. I usually make them with bread that had gotten a little too hard to eat, only for special occasions do I purposefully make them. Plus my partner-in-crime is addicted to the ones our local grocery co-op makes and they are darn good.

  21. Oooh, pumpernickel croutons! Those would be tasty late-night snacks… thanks!

  22. I’ll have to make these using your garlic in olive oil trick. Love it. PS—I think we could be neighbors. I’m a fellow Oak Parker too.

  23. Hi Neighbor! Go Oak Park bloggers!