One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small piece of fried or toasted bread served with soup or used as a garnish.
- ‘We had them fried in bacon fat the other night, with some garlic croutons and pancetta piled on top of some soft, green chicory leaves.’
- ‘The salad also includes excellent homemade croutons, large pieces of bacon and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.’
- ‘He served salads of dandelion and strips of bacon, or chicory with garlic and croutons.’
- ‘Mexicans also cut dry tortillas into squares, fry them, and use in place of croutons in soup; or cut them into strips and make concoctions reminiscent of pasta dishes.’
- ‘My fish soup with langoustines, rouille and croutons proved a delight.’
- ‘Season well and serve with olive oil croutons, and snippings of fresh green herbs.’
- ‘The Caesar salad with herb croutons and Parmesan salad passed the test too.’
- ‘I ordered a bowl of soup and extra croutons, on the side.’
- ‘The garlic soup was creamy and well flavoured, not too heavy or too light, though the croutons (pieces of toast) arrived several minutes late.’
- ‘Garnishing the soup with croutons and/or Parmesan cheese is a must.’
- ‘Garnish with some croutons - a bit of shaved Parmesan would be delicious, too, as would a few sautéed mushrooms and lardons.’
- ‘This is a sweet soup and could probably be very nicely garnished with garlic croutons.’
- ‘It's hardly gourmet food, but they make split pea soup with croutons.’
- ‘My choice was served on croutons of bread (most of the starters make innovative use of bread), and lightly grilled, with a pepper sauce.’
- ‘This was followed by a ratatouille cream soup with the most wonderful garlic croutons and a baked strudel with chicken, leek and soya sprouts in two sauces.’
- ‘Basically, they're flavourful baked pieces of bread, that you can use as croutons, or just as a yummy savoury snack.’
- ‘The strawberries actually had the miraculous perfume of local berries grown in season and little buttery croutons of fried brioche added another interesting crunch.’
- ‘It is studded with rustic croutons that have been crisped to a turn in butter.’
From French croûton, from croûte (see crust).
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