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extra credit: make your own breadcrumbs.

I’m sure you were up last night thinking “I’ve got half a loaf of bread leftover from dinner.  What on earth am I going to do with it?”

I’m sure it kept you up late into the night pondering just how in the world you might put it to use?

I’m so sure.

Make Your Own Breadcrumbs!

Now breadcrumbs aren’t too expensive…maybe $2 or less on average if you pick them up at the store.  But if you have some leftover bread  that you need to put to use, what the heck! Let’s give it a whirl.

Start by slicing up some leftover bread.  Pop it in the food processor.  Keep the crusts on if you want some extra color and crunch (or remove if you don’t).

Pulse the bread until finely ground.  You can use the crumbs straight from the processor OR toast them for extra flavor…

To toast your breadcrumbs for extra flavor and crispiness:

Toast on a baking sheet at 250 for 25 minutes.

After the breadcrumbs come out of the oven, you can season with salt and other flavors such as:

  • Sage and melted butter for pastas, sweet potatoes or squash.
  • Parsley, olive oil and lemon zest for salads and pastas.
  • Cheese, garlic and herbs for chicken or fish,

Need a little help getting started?  Try your homemade crumbs in almond chicken or these chicken roulades with dijon sauce.

All in all you’ll save about 50% by making your own…and I think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Class dismissed!

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