Croutons are one of the best ways for using up stale bread, and are lovely, crunchy additions to favorite soups and salads. We love these buttery bites in kale Caesar salad, creamy tomato soup and pork chili. Instead of serving toast at breakfast, try crisp, herbed croutons from the odds and ends of sandwich bread mixed into scrambled eggs. Or take croutons in a completely different direction with bourbon-nectarine ice cream sundaes—the croutons are made from sweet, all-butter pound cake. Whether you want to upgrade your clam chowder or enhance your lunchtime salad, Food & Wine’s guide to croutons has plenty of ideas.

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5 Ways to Use Croutons (Other Than in Salads)

Though salads are a great way to use up batches and batches of delicious, chewy, crispy croutons, there are other dishes that can benefit from them.

How to Make the Perfect Crouton

Ordinary croutons are often rightly ignored. But made from scratch, they can be the stars of a salad.

Garlic and Thyme Croutons

These crispy and fragrant croutons are great to use in salads or soups, or you can crush them and use them as an instant bread crumb topping for fish or vegetables.    Terrific Green Salads  

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