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 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.
From French croûton, from croûte (see crust).
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