Plantains are quickly becoming the brightest star in our constellation of starches. From their breakout role in our long-adored Plantain Chips, to their more recent turn as the base of our frozen Tostones and snacky Plantain Crisps, our love for their savory flavor and ability to crisp up to a superbly satisfying texture has only increased over the years. That's why, when the time came to find a medium for a crouton that was delightfully crunchy, but still decidedly gluten free, we knew that one fruit would stand head and shoulders above the rest of the bunch. Now, Trader Joe's Plantain Croutons are here to provide some resounding crunch, along with gratifyingly garlicky seasoning, to salads, soups, and anything else that might benefit from a bit of extra flavor and texture.
These Plantain Croutons are made especially for us by a supplier in Ecuador who specializes in plantain-based snacks. One of the reasons they work so well is that they use green plantains, which are slightly starchier and lower in sugar, and have an almost potato-like texture. That translates to a superior crunch in every Crouton, despite containing no gluten.