Sunday, February 19, 2012

Home-Made Bread Crumbs

I make these and keep a bag in the freezer, perfect for whenever a recipe calls for bread crumbs, you have your own, homemade.  I love when I can make bread crumbs from stale bread and not have to throw it away unused. ;)

Cut a good loaf of stale bread into cubes and grind it into crumbs in a blender or a food processor.  (A blender is better; it gives you a more uniform texture).  If your bread is not stale enough to crumb, you can dry the cubes out in a 200 degree oven for about 15 minutes before grinding.
 Spread the crumbs onto a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes until they are crisp and golden.  Drizzle with olive oil (about a quarter cup for every 2 cups of crumbs), season with salt and allow to cool completely before putting into containers.
 These will keep in the freezer almost indefinitely.  Just whirl them in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off.

Right from the oven.