Recipe: Buffalo Wing Croutons

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

Wings or salad? Wings or salad? I say, why choose when you can have both on the same plate! Because that’s just what you get with these crispy, crunchy Buffalo wing-inspired croutons.

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

Stovetop Croutons Are Key

Coated with a mixture of olive oil and hot sauce, the bread cubes will soak up their savory, hot flavors while cooking and crisping up on the stovetop. It doesn’t stop there, because no plate of wings would be complete without the blue cheese — and neither would these croutons, which is exactly why the toasted bread cubes get tossed with blue cheese right after coming off the stove.

How to Use These Croutons

Packed with flavor, these spicy and cheesy croutons are best served the day they’re made. They do their best work finishing off salads and grain bowls, or garnishing soups, but you can also just munch on them as a snack.

Ways to Use Buffalo Wing Croutons

Buffalo Wing Croutons

Serves 6 to 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank’s Red Hot
3 cups day-old bread cubes (about 1 inch)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the hot sauce and stir to combine. Add the bread cubes, sprinkle with the salt, toss to combine, and spread into a single layer. Toast the bread cubes, tossing every minute or so, until the cubes are golden-brown on all sides, about 5 minutes total.

Remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl. Immediately sprinkle with the blue cheese and toss to combine. Serve immediately or the same day they’re made.

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