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Crispy Corn Bread Croutons

Ingredients:

2 cups                          Corn bread or traditional Broa*

1 teaspoon                   Olive oil

1 tablespoon                Lemon zest (micro-planed)

½ teaspoon                  Celery seed, toasted and crushed in a mortar and pestle

Pinch                           Salt

Pinch                           Pepper

Procedure:

  1. Cut cornbread into ½ inch pieces and gently toss with oil
  2. Bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and crispy
  3. Place croutons in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, zests and celery seed

Notes:

Broa is Portuguese yeast leavened corn and wheat bread often served with the traditional caldo verde soup of which the above soup is a lighter, seasonal variation.

Orange zest can be used as a substitute for the lemon zest.

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