Saturday, February 18, 2012

Homemade Bread Crumbs

Everyone uses breadcrumbs.  They are great for breading chicken breasts (schnitzel anyone?), using in meatballs or a meatloaf.  You can sprinkle them over mac and cheese too!

So why buy pre-made bread crumbs?  They are full of stuff that we don't need, like sodium (amongst other things).  Don't get me wrong, I've bought pre-made before and probably will again.  They are quick and easy.  But, making your own breadcrumbs is quick and easy too!  Whenever you have bread leftover, the end of a loaf or day old bread, don't through it away!  Just make breadcrumbs.  

You can make these ahead of time and freeze them.  They will be ready when you are to make some delicious dishes.

See below for some delicious recipes using breadcrumbs!

To make breadcrumbs:

Tear day old bread into chunks.  You can use french bread, white or wheat bread, I've even used sourdough bread on occasion.  It lends a zip to your dishes!  Place the chunks in your food processor bowl, or you can use the blender. 

Pulse or blend until you have the consistency you’d like. I make mine medium fine.  

Store in the freezer in an airtight container or freezer bag.

You'll love them, they are soft and tender!  Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Here are some inspirations that use breadcrumbs:

buttermilk fried chicken breasts
roasted asparagus with toasted lime breadcrumbs
potato cakes
cauliflower gratin

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