Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

Sunday night as I was taking inventory of our pantry, I realized we didn't have any Italian breadcrumbs.  I almost always keep a container of these on hand, and actually needed them for Monday night's dinner.  The last thing that I wanted to do after getting back into town was head back out to the grocery store.  So what did I do instead?  Started Googling. I found a couple of recipes for homemade Italian breadcrumbs and combined a few of them to create a recipe consisting of the ingredients that I had on hand.

I had half a loaf of stale wheat bread and half a loaf of Italian five grain bread that was just a day or two past its prime.  Here's the recipe that I concocted. 

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

4 oz of stale bread, cut or torn into one inch pieces
1/2 tsp salt
 1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil 

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse until coarse crumbs form.  Spread the crumbs evenly onto a large baking sheet.  Bake the crumbs for about 5 minutes at 300, until they begin to brown and are crisp. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes and store in a mason jar at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


The breadcrumbs turned out better than I thought they would, plus they made the house smell amazing.  I used them in the Eggplant Parmesan that I made last night and I could really tell a difference.  There was much more flavor, and the breadcrumbs were so much crunchier than the store bought kind. What a great use for stale bread!

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