Thursday, December 5, 2013

Berachah on croutons


What berachah do I recite before eating a salad that contains croutons?

Regarding croutons baked from the start for use in a salad, one could contend that the appropriate berachah would be mezonos, because croutons do not function in the normal role of bread in a meal. Such croutons would be similar to the dry cracker which early halachic authorities term pas haba'ah b'kisnin. In that case, one would recite a mezonos for the croutons, separate from the berachah for the salad.

In reality, though, croutons are recycled from old bread; this was true historically, and sources in commercial food preparation say that it remains so in restaurants today. Therefore, toasted croutons retain their original bread berachah of hamotzi. [Note, though, that one who will eat less than an egg-sized volume of bread (croutons or otherwise) should not recite al netilas yadayim when washing.]

There is some debate regarding the status of deep fried croutons; one should endeavour to eat these croutons as part of a bread-based meal.

(Aruch ksn; Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 158:2, 168:7, 10; Mishneh Berurah 168:56; Aruch haShulchan Orach Chaim 168:23)

Have a great day,

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