What are “soldiers” on a menu?

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This may seem like an odd term to have to define, but the word “soldiers” has begun to enter the American culinary lexicon with a different meaning and you may find it on a fine dining menu sometime soon.

A term originating in the UK, “soldiers” (aka “toast soldiers”) refers to to thin strips of buttered toast served with soft-boiled eggs.  The idea is to dip the toast into the soft yolk.  They are starting to show up on menus in the US for their original purpose, for dipping in other things, or as a stand in for the classic “toast points” served with some caviar or pate & rillettes appetizers, hors’d oeuvres, or amuse-bouches.

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