By Mike Thayer
Having a salad but don't have any croutons, crackers or other crunchy element to top it with?
Break open a bag of Ramen.
My mom taught me this one back in the day when she was looking for something different to do in putting together a quick salad. She simply crushed up the noodles and let the salad dressing do all the flavoring. That was good and the noodles definitely gave you the crunch factor, but I've kicked things up a couple notches since then.
- One package of Ramen noodles, crushed into small pieces
- One tablespoon butter
- One tablespoon Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flake
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat up a small non-stick skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter, add the crushed Ramen noodles, stir to coat all the noodles in the butter. Add the salt and pepper, stir and let cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles start to turn a light brown. Add the Parmesan cheese and parsley flake, stir to incorporate and when the Parmesan starts to turn golden brown the noodle croutons are done! Place on a paper towel lined paper plate and allow to cool. Serve on a tossed salad. You can't buy seasoned croutons for the price of a package of Ramen! But fair warning, these things are quite tasty, they also make a great stand alone snack and may not make it to the salad!
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