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I'm pretty sure I am not the only person in the UK, which likes a bit of a Morrison's salad that you can pick yourself out of the Salad Bar, and I will actually drive all the way out to Morrisons' to buy one, purely for the croutons you can get in it. The problem being that driving a thirty mile round trip to get to one, is just excessive I think - especially as the majority of the time my salads are sixty per cent croutons and forty per cent salad... Whoops! So when I went to Tesco yesterday and saw these croutons on the shelf near the teabags of all places, I was quite happy to see them and popped them in my basket, slightly excited to try them - as sad as that sounds!
~*~ What Are Rochelle Salad Croutons and Where Will I Find Them? ~*~
Salad Croutons are exactly what it says on the tin in a way, they are literally chunks of bread - baked with a Mediterranean herb flavouring to them, they are all square shaped pretty much some crusty others just the centre of the bread, baked to be crunchy in your mouth. These croutons are normally either near the salad items or the soups, as I said earlier in my Tesco they were opposite the teabags and near the pickles - which makes no sense really but regardless of the reason that's where they were hiding.
If your local shop has a large selection of croutons and you are looking out for these, they are in a silver and blue bag for the Mediterranean style - but there are other colours for different flavours. The bags have chunks of each individual colour on them which does make them quite distinctive, and a large picture of a salad with the croutons in. Remember to look out for the white oval with 'Rochelle' written in it in red writing - just to make sure you get the right one!
~*~ Are They Any Good? ~*~
Personally I would say definitely, because they go with many things - even though I am guilty of just eating them as a snack. You can put them into salads, which in a way is what I did yesterday by putting them in a pitta bread, with lettuce, onions, cucumber and ham - and I can say that they work really well together, admittedly compared to the softness of the rest of the food it is a big difference in textures. Though I will say it did give a nice comparison to the plain flavour of the salad, but be warned don't put any sauce on your salad and try to mix these in because they will go soggy and to be honest there is nothing worse than soggy croutons - trust me!
Now when I put them in soup, obviously it is inevitable that they are going to get soggy because they are going into a water based product, but it's not such a terrible thing because you are going to eat them relatively quickly and the fact that they absorb your soup. So they do admittedly go from being really quite hard to back to being like normal bread with a bit of a crunch, and the flavour that they come with gets mixed with your soup, so don't get a random flavour to put them in stick to something tomato or Mediterranean based so it doesn't taste weird! I have to say though soup does steal some of the flavour of the croutons, it doesn't take it all but if you like them a lot on their own it just will not taste the same for you...
Now just as a snack, well that is my downfall I can just pop these crunchy chunks of bread in my mouth one after the other, until I get jaw ache that is. The taste of the croutons obviously disappears in your mouth once you have been munching on it for a while, but there is the added bonus that if you are eating them as a snack that they are easy just to put one in your mouth after the other. Thing is the taste is so more-ish that you can't stop yourself once you start putting the Mediterranean flavour in your mouth - it is a taste that is quite hard to explain but the main way I see it is slightly tomato like but because of all the extra herbs in the mix it just has a totally unique taste, that will vamp up any dreary salad or soup. Especially if you are feeling a bit short of table finger food drop some of these into a bowl, and I'm sure you will find your guests are more than happy to snap them up.
Now my only bug bear with these is just how full of fat and calories they are, I hate to say it but in a hundred grams there is just less than five hundred calories and I have to say as nice as they are they are not worth putting on a lot of weight for! With 2.4g of sugared carbohydrates, they just aren't the best for anyone in large amounts, as tasty as they may be, don't over indulge you will regret it, well the fibre level is good I suppose a whole 3g is probably good for some people - can't say I need any extra but some might, now if I'm not mistaken protein is what vegetarians can lack these have 10.1 grams in 100g of bag which is two thirds of the bag, so it's good for that! If not a lot else!
So over all they are a bag of accessories to you gaining weight if you get addicted like I have done, but otherwise they are a delicious accompaniment to salads and soup. They are reasonably priced for a 150g bag and a definite recommendation from me and the rest of my family actually!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
Now I got mine for £1.29 in Tesco, there is nothing to say they aren't elsewhere but you would have to look out for the packaging, as I haven't seen any in my local Asda... Keep your eyes open!
I used to love croutons but one day I had some in a restaurant and they were so oily that it put me right off and I haven't had any for ages. This changed when I was in Sainsburys last week and they had 150g bags of these garlic flavour croutons by La Rochelle on offer for 49p a bag.
I thought for that price that I might as well try them again because if I didn't like them I could always lay them off on everyone else in the house! lol
They didn't get a look in though because these are majorly yummy croutons and I ended up scoffing most of them straight out of the bag like crisps! Croutons are supposed to be used in salads or soups and that's all I did with these really apart from eating them plain.
They're quite chunky but some of them are very thin and that gives them a wickedly crunchy texture. They feel and taste very fresh and even though the croutons have got a slight oily texture that doesn't come through in the taste and they're deffo not that greasy that they make too much of a mess of your fingers.
The flavour is quite buttery but the garlic is quite faint, I mean it's THERE but they deffo don't scream GARLIC at you when you're eating them. I think it's a yummy flavour and they add loads of interest to a boring bowl of soup. The croutons are quite salty tasting and under the garlic you can still taste the delish plain crouton flavour.
When I had some on the top of my soup I was surprised they didn't go soggy, the outside of them does but the middle stays lovely and crunchy so that the crouton absorbs some of the flavour of the soup but also keeps their own yummy garlic taste.
I'll deffo buy these again and also am going to try the other one in the range which is Mediteranean flavoured.
Recommended.... even at their full price of 99p they're worth it because they're sooooo yummy!
Whilst in Sainsburys the other day I was trying to find things to add to a salad when a large blue bag of croutons in a salad bowl caught my eye. I remembered my Dad used to add croutons to soups years ago and I loved the added oomph and crunch they gave to my meals so I decided to buy this packet. It was quite a large 150g bag for just 99p which I thought was pretty good and they would have been used for quite a few soups or salads.
The bag is a deep blue and silver in colour with an appetising picture of a salad bowl with croutons on the front. The ones I bought were Mediterranean spices but you can also buy them in a garlic flavour too but this bag is green instead.
Upon opening the bag I was greeted by a herby, spicy yet sweet tomatoey smell and a hell of alot of squared croutons which were a dark, golden colour with specks of herbs on them.
It says on the bag 'Also use with soups or enjoy as a snack' and it tells us that these are 'baked not fried'.
I firstly used them with my salad - they had a slight hint of spices to them and I found them VERY crunchy and quite large too. Almost too large for just a salad, I just wanted a little extra added to my plate not for them to take over the whole salad experience though.
I then decided to take the advice on the bag and try them with my tomato soup to give it a little zing and excitement. They worked perfectly with a soup, they shrinked a little after soaking up the liquid and the crunch lessened but it gave my soup a lovely texture and it was nice to have something to bite into slightly now and then so it actually felt like I was eating a meal lol.
As for eating them as a snack, well yes I suppose you could but they are quite a generous size almost too generous in fact for a snack and they hold quite a solid crunch which does become a little tiresome and tedious for my poor teeth which are weakening with my old age lol.
I would definitely buy them again to add to my soups - you are given a hefty amount for quite a small price really and I think they are definitely worth the money.
Each 15g serving contains;
3.9g fat of which 1.9g saturates