Thursday, May 14, 2015

J&D's Foods Pretzel Bread Crouton Review And Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad with Pretzel Bread Croutons Recipe

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation. 

Justin Esch and Dave Lefkow  launched  J&D's Foods  in June of 2007 and funded it with a $5,000 win on America's Funniest Home Videos from Dave taking a shot from the face from his 3 year old sold son. The duo quit their jobs, rolled the dice to pursue bacon-flavored interests full-time.
J&D's Foods makes Bacon Salt, Malt Salt, Ketchup Salt, Bacon Rub, Baconnaise, Bacon Croutons, Tomato Basil Croutons, Blue Cheese Croutons,Pretzel Bread Croutons, Bacon Crispy Bake, BaconPOP, Bacon Ranch, Bacon Gravy, Bacon Lip Balm and much more.
If you are bacon obsessed like I am then you should be in heaven with all the yummy products they make.  

J&D's just launched new croutons. The new croutons are  J&D’s Tomato Basil Croutons,  J&D’s Pretzel Bread Croutons and  J&D’s Everything Croutons . I received the Pretzel Bread croutons one but I will have to try all the others at some point because they sound yummy and I have to admit that I love croutons.   I am one of those people who will eat croutons as a snack and I know all of the above mentioned would be so yummy as a snack.

As soon as I received my pretzel bread croutons I just had to open up the package   and try it out. I was just going to eat one of 2 and I had to force myself not to eat anymore than that because it was close to dinner time but I wanted to snack on them because they are so darn yummy.    For the first time in years , I did not get the chance to take photos of the product because I just couldn't resist trying it out right away.

I highly recommend J&D's Pretzel Bread Crouton.  

Want to purchase any of their product? Check out where their products are available in their  Find A Store  page .   If there isn't a store near you that has their products, you can also buy online on their  site. They accept international orders. I am so glad they accept international orders because I see a lot of their products I want to try in the near future.

Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad with Pretzel Bread Croutons


1 4.5 oz package  J&D's Pretzel Bread Croutons
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 lbs. shaved (or thinly sliced) Brussels sprouts
1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (optional)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces prosciutto, finely diced
1 shallot, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

 1. Preheat oven to 350F.
 2. For vinaigrette: Place a small sauté pan over medium-high heat and melt butter. Add prosciutto and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until prosciutto browns. Pour contents into a mixing bowl and add remaining vinaigrette ingredients, except oil. Whisk together and add oil in a slow and steady stream until fully incorporated. Adjust seasonings and set aside until ready to use.
 3. To assemble: Place Brussels sprouts, Pretzel Bread Croutons, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese (if using) into a large salad bowl and toss together with vinaigrette. Adjust seasonings and allow salad to sit for about 10 minutes before tossing one more time and serving.

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