Making crispy croutons for salads

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Making crispy croutons for salads
Making crispy croutons for salads
Servings:Serves 8
Calories per serving:33
Ready in:25 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Difficulty:Easy
Recipe author:Chef
First published:12th July 2015
Croutons after baking to 10 minutes
Oiled, seasoned and ready for baking
Two rolls make enough croutons to serve eight people

Croutons are a great way to liven up any salad and are really easy to make at home. They can be made on the hob, in a frying pan, but I've found the best results are achieved if you make them in the oven as they get a nice even crisp and you don't have to fiddle about with them too much.

The croutons will stay nice and crispy for at least a month if kept in a Lock and Lock style box once they have been allowed to cool down.

French baguettes make the best croutons, but I've yet to find a decent baguette outside France. Ciabatta bread or rolls have a similar texture and give very good results.

Two ciabatta rolls make enough to garnish a salad for eight people.

Ingredients

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Mise en place

  • Preheat the oven to 190° C (375° F - gas 5). In this instance, the fan oven temperature can be the same. Just watch them carefully!

Method

  1. Cut the bread into similar sized cubes
  2. Spread the croutons out on the oven tray
  3. Spray or sprinkle a few tablespoons f olive oil over the croutons
  4. Season with sea salt and a shake of mixed herbs
  5. Use a silicone brush to ensure the croutons are evenly coated with the olive oil and distribute them evenly on the tray
  6. Bake for 5 minutes in the top of the oven
  7. After 5 minutes turn them and bake the croutons for a further 5 minutes. Check them often as they can burn easily.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray

Serving suggestions

Use the croutons to garnish soups or salads.

These apparently make a great snack - the pile gets smaller and smaller every time someone walks through the kitchen!

Variations

Use flavoured olive oil

Add a few sprigs of fresh herbs to the tray to flavour the croutons

Herb bread, cheese breads make an interesting change

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