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Croutons are a yummy delicacy and do not need recommendations. It is simply toasted and flavored bread, often in the shape of small cubes. In our vegan recipe, we toast the bread in lightly garlic flavored olive oil and then enrich their taste with spices and herbs which we add to the bread, while it is still hot, and thus release all their aromas.

The word "crouton" comes from the French word "croûte" which means "crust". Because of this, it is believed that their origin is from France, but this does not seem to be confirmed. The word "croutons" is basically used to describe the process of toasting bread. That is, same process with the one we use in vegan bruschettes .

Croutons are ideal as a topping in soups and salads. Especially in Caesar salad and other green salads as well as in velvet soups, such as our vegan pumpkin soup.

If you do not use them immediately, you can keep them for a few days in a closed jar.

Enjoy them!

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Photo of a bowl full of homemade croutons toasted in olive oil (flavored with garlic) and sprinkled with spices and herbs. A vegetarian and vegan recipe from All About Vegans.

Homemade croutons - Aromatic, crunchy and vegan

Recipe for homemade croutons. Toasted in olive oil, flavored with garlic, and sprinkled with a variety of spices and herbs. Easy, fast and with a very rich taste! Ideal to accompany your vegan salad or velvet soup.
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Course: Appetizers, Soups, side dishes
Cuisine: French, Vegan, Βίγκαν (vegan)
Keywords: crouton, vegan, croutons, recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 bowl
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Thodoris Tibilis

Ingredients

Ingredients for homemade crispy croutons

  • 3 slices bread
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ tsp sweet paprika
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp onion powder (optional)
  • ¼ tsp curry
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

Homemade crispy croutons

  • Cut the bread into cubes of 1-2 cm.
  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil, over medium heat, with the garlic (cut in half). Be careful the garlic not to get burned, and after 2 minutes remove it.
  • Raise the temperature to high, add the croutons and stir frequently, until golden on all sides. Remove the pan from the heat and add all our spices and herbs and mix well.
  • Your homemade croutons are ready!

Serving

  • We use them as topping in salads and velvet soups, plain or sprinkled with nutritional yeast.
  • You can use them in:
    1. green salads
    2. velvet soups, such as:

Notes

  1. The size and shape of the croutons varies depending on our tastes and their use. They can be cubes or simple squares of 1-3 cm, but they can also have other shapes such as round or oblong, as in our vegan bruschettes .
  2. If you want them spicier or with a richer taste, you can add some, or all, of the following:
    • ¼ κ.γ. ginger powder
    • ¼ κ.γ. coriander powder
    • ¼ κ.γ. cayenne pepper
    • ¼ κ.γ. mint
    • ¼ κ.γ. basil

Nutrition Facts

Sodium: 18mg | Calcium: 26mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 516IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 54mg | Calories: 265kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 28g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 4g | Iron: 1mg

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