Fresh Gourmet – a new take on croutons and toppings

fresh gourmetI’m always one to try something new, although I’m certainly no Masterchef in the making!  I received a parcel a couple of weeks ago with some products from Fresh Gourmet – the number one brand of croutons and toppings in the USA, who are now launching in the UK.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Fresh Gourmet range
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Fresh Gourmet range

I’ve only really ever used croutons with soup, and didn’t really fancy that idea with the weather we’ve been having lately, so I thought we’d try the Ciabatta Croutons with Basil Pesto first. I’d baked some salmon and added the croutons to a crispy side salad.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Ciabatta Croutons - Basil Pesto
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Ciabatta Croutons – Basil Pesto

The croutons tasted wonderful, we all love pesto and basil and the flavours really come alive as you bite into the croutons.  They were a hit, and actually I quite like just munching them as a snack! I am longing to try them with a homemade tomato soup.

A few days later I decided to try the Cheese and Garlic Croutons and Lightly Salted Crispy Onions.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Croutons and Onions
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Croutons and Onions

I baked some chicken thighs in the oven, which had been marinated in sweet chilli sauce, and added the croutons and crispy onions to the salad.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Sweet chilli chicken
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Sweet chilli chicken

My Monkey son, aged 3 and half years particular loved the Cheese and Garlic croutons.  I think he’d have eaten the whole packet then and there.  They taste exactly as you would expect and as Monkey’s favourite thing ever is cheesy garlic bread you I just knew he’d like these.  I’m going to try them with a pasta bake next I think.  Think they’d taste really good with that kind of dish.

None of us were too keen on the onions, but we’re having a BBQ on Sunday so I’m going to try them again with a good old-fashioned burger and see what the taste team think then!

That just leaves the Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Croutons for us to try, which I think we’ll probably have with an avocado salad to go with the BBQ on Sunday 🙂

disclaimer:  we were sent the products mentioned for the purpose of review, however our comments remain our own honest thoughts

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school.We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds.We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure.If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

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