Bread Croutons with Epis have the perfect crunch and flavor for your best salad recipe. Crispy and perfectly spiced, it is great as a topping for your favorite soup and a great snack.
Making homemade croutons is fun! Homemade bread croutons are versatile because you can choose whatever seasoning blend you prefer.
Homemade croutons are perfect when you either buy too much bread or get old. We all love fresh bread, and what better way to enjoy your day-old fresh bread? Make homemade croutons with Haitian Epis.
Epis is the Haitian creole term for green seasoning blend. There are several version of this fresh seasoning blend. My Epis version is made with the following ingredients.
- Parsley is a fresh, leafy herb with a bright, slightly peppery flavor. It is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K.
- Garlic cloves are small, white bulbs that have a pungent, aromatic flavor. Garlic is a good source of vitamins B6 and C, as well as manganese and selenium.
- Thyme is a fresh, woody herb with a minty, slightly lemon-like flavor. It is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as iron and manganese.
- Green bell peppers are mild, sweet peppers that have a crisp, crunchy texture. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and fiber.
- Leeks are similar to onions, but they have a milder, sweeter flavor. They are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber.
- White or yellow onions are common vegetables that have a sharp, pungent flavor. They are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium and fiber.
- Whole peppercorns or ground black pepper are used to add heat and flavor to food. Black pepper is a good source of manganese and iron.
- Whole cloves are small, dried flower buds that have a warm, spicy flavor. They are a good source of manganese, iron, and dietary fiber.
- Lemon juice is a citrus fruit juice that has a sour, tart flavor. It is a good source of vitamin C.
All the ingredients are placed in a blender or food processor and blended until smooth. The epis blend is used to season all types of food, and this recipe for homemade Haitian bread croutons.
Overall, the ingredients in Haitian Epis are a combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, and spices that are all packed with flavor and nutrients.
What is Haitian Bread
We, meaning Haitians, differentiate the type of bread this way. Haitian bread is hearty, soft, dense, and moist. The bread is delicious and best enjoyed warm with butter or peanut butter. To buy this type of bread, visit your nearest Haitian bakery. Don’t forget to buy more goodies and especially the patties.
Homemade Bread crouton ingredients
Only three other ingredients are needed if you already have your seasoning blend jar in the refrigerator.
- Haitian Bread: this recipe is with Haitian bread, but you can use your preferred bread. Probably a day or two days old.
- Green Seasoning Blend or Epis: this is a wet seasoning. Remember that this recipe will taste differently if your seasoning herbs blend differs.
- Olive oil: always use good oil.
- Salt: use in moderation. Remember that the bread already contains salt.
- Ground Black Pepper: use in moderation. Too much pepper may make the croutons a bit too peppery or spicy.
How to make the homemade croutons
- Prepare your seasoning blend: If you already have the seasoning (epis), place the amount you need in a separate bowl with the olive oil.
- Dice your bread: with a knife, slice and dice the bread in equal sizes to cubes. The croutons must be uniform in size to cook evenly in the oven.
- Mix ingredients: In a large bowl, place the bread cubes, and drizzle the oil and seasoning mixture. Toss until the bread cubes are evenly combined.
- Bake on a baking sheet until crispy: place and spread out a single layer of the croutons onto a parchment-covered baking sheet.
- Serve: Serve immediately as a topping for your salad or soup or enjoy as a snack.
- Store: Let the croutons cool completely, then store them in a sealed container for two weeks.
Notes and Tips
Making homemade croutons are easy, and there are a few tips to remember.
- For extra flavorful croutons, use stale bread. Stale bread has less moisture, which allows the croutons to get crispier in the oven.
- Croutons are versatile, and you can add them to anything you want.
- Add dried seasoning or wet seasoning.
- You can freeze croutons. Re-heat and keep them crisp by putting them in the oven for a few minutes.
- Use oil or melted butter with seasoning.
- If you don’t have Haitian epis, you can substitute a mixture of dried herbs and spices, such as garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, and parsley.
- To make your croutons even more flavorful, toss them with grated Parmesan cheese or garlic butter before baking.
- Croutons can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Haitian bread croutons can be used to add a crunchy texture and flavor to a variety of dishes. Here are a few ideas:
- Sprinkle them over salads, soups, and stews.
- Use them to top casseroles and baked dishes.
- Add them to breading for chicken or fish.
- Serve them as a side dish with your favorite dip or spread.
There are several benefits to making homemade croutons instead of buying them at the store:
- Taste: Homemade croutons are typically fresher and have a better flavor than store-bought croutons. This is because you can control the ingredients and seasonings used in your croutons.
- Health: Homemade croutons are typically healthier than store-bought croutons. This is because you can control the amount of oil and salt used in your croutons. Store-bought croutons often contain high levels of unhealthy fats and sodium.
- Cost: Making homemade croutons is often cheaper than buying them at the store. This is especially true if you use stale bread to make your croutons.
- Variety: You can make homemade croutons with any bread you like. This allows you to experiment with different flavors and textures. Store-bought croutons are typically made with white bread, which can be bland and boring.
Additional benefits of homemade croutons:
- Reduce food waste: Making homemade croutons is a great way to reduce food waste. If you have stale bread, you can use it to make croutons instead of throwing it away.
- Customize your croutons: You can customize your homemade croutons to suit your own taste preferences. For example, you can add different herbs and spices to your croutons, or you can bake them until they are soft or crispy.
- Impress your guests: Homemade croutons are a great way to impress your guests. They add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any meal.
Overall, there are many benefits to making homemade croutons instead of buying them at the store. Homemade croutons are typically fresher, healthier, cheaper, and more varied than store-bought croutons. They are also a great way to reduce food waste, customize your croutons, and impress your guests.
- 3 mini loaves of Haitian Bread or 1 loaf of bread about 12 ounces, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons homemade Haitian Epis Green Seasoning Blend
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or to taste, and optional if your seasoning blend does not contain salt.
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or more to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the oil and the seasoning blend until well combined.
- Slice and dice the bread in equal sizes to cubes. It is important that the croutons are uniform size so that they cook evenly in the oven.
- In a large bowl, place the bread cubes and drizzle, the oil and seasoning mixture. Toss until the bread cubes are evenly combined.
- Place and spread out the croutons on a single layer onto a parchment-covered baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 10 minutes and stir so all sides can brown. Bake an additional 4 – 6 minutes or until crisp and golden.
- Serve immediately as a topping for your salad or soup or enjoy as a snack.
- To store, let the croutons cool completely then store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
- Making homemade croutons are easy and there are a few tips to remember. Croutons are versatile, and you add them to anything you want.
- Make croutons with your favorite bread Add dried seasoning or wet seasoning. Add parmesan cheese.
- Croutons will last about a week.
- You can freeze croutons. Re-heat and keep them crisp by putting them in the oven for a few minutes. Use oil or melted butter with seasoning.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.
Nutrition info is automatically generated and provided as a courtesy and as an estimate only.