• WordNet 3.6
    • n crouton a small piece of toasted or fried bread; served in soup or salads
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Crouton (Cookery) Bread cut in various forms, and fried lightly in butter or oil, to garnish hashes, etc.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crouton A small piece of bread dipped in melted butter and toasted in the oven, or fried in hot butter or fat: used in soups and to garnish various types of stewed dishes.
    • ***


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. croton, fr. crote, a crust


In literature:

Hand little croutons fried in lobster butter separately.
"The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:" by Mrs. W. G. Waters
Various methods of serving croutons are in practice.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Serve with croutons; garnish with fried parsley.
"365 Foreign Dishes" by Unknown
Serve with croutons of fried or toasted bread.
"The Story of Crisco" by Marion Harris Neil
Still another way is to make croutons.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
Pour over the eggs, and bake for 10 minutes; serve with fried croutons round.
"The Allinson Vegetarian Cookery Book" by Thomas R. Allinson
Pour over fried croutons in a soup tureen.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
Serve on croutons of fried bread, or in cases made of shredded-wheat biscuit.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
Let boil five minutes longer and serve with croutons.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
Boil one quart of cream; whisk it into the stock; pour it into a hot tureen, and serve with croutons.
"Fifty Soups" by Thomas J. Murrey

In news:

Serve tapenade , the Proven├žal olive paste, with croutons or raw vegetables.
Rustic vegetable soup with rye croutons and parsley-savory 'pistou'.
Zucchini with Roasted Almonds and Zucchini Bread Croutons Recipe.
Toasted Croutons and Bruschetta Bases .
Then, I placed it into the refrigerator to chill while I made croutons and heated up a baguette.
Chop croutons into smaller pieces and add.
Butternut Squash Soup With Parmesan Croutons & Fried Sage.
Soup and croutons can be made ahead and reheated just before serving.
Tomato Soup /w Grilled Cheese Croutons.
Tortellini masquerade as croutons in a robust Caesar.
(For inspiration and mouth-watering meals, check out Dwell Recipes for favorite family recipes like Summer Squash Salad or Gazpacho with Homemade Croutons from residents and designers featured in Dwell.
1 pkg garlic and cheese croutons.
Season soup with salt and pepper, then ladle into serving bowls and top with croutons.
Roasted Halibut with Fennel and Croutons.
Cauliflower Soup with Pecans and Rye Croutons.