Make Your Own Flavored Bread Crumbs

Leftover bread makes great bread crumbs
Leftover bread makes great bread crumbs | Source

The many uses of breadcrumbs

People in our country use gallons of bread crumbs each year. We use them to coat meat, as a filler, to flavor and to hold together some of our concoctions. Because of the abundant use of breadcrumbs its nice to know they are so easy to make at home. Making them at home not only allows us to flavor them to our own taste, it also allows us to use up those odds and end pieces of leftover bread so that we are not having to throw it out. As you find yourself with bread ends and pieces simply store them in a ziploc bay in your freezer until you use them to make your own homemade breadcrumbs


Make your own breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place stale bread ends and pieces on a cookie sheet and toast in oven for 10 to 15 minutes to dry out.

Cool completely.

Crumble and place dried bread into cup of food chopper with a dash of salt and pepper. Chop until fine crumbs form. If you are using a food processor use the knife blade.

Store in a tightly sealed contained at room temperature or store in freezer for up to three months.

Flavored Variations

Parmesan:

1tbsp Parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp oregano


Italian:

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp rosemary

1/8 tsp garlic powder


French:

1/2 tsp tarragon

1/8 tsp black pepper


Mexican:

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin


Cajun:

1/2 tsp Cajun spices

1/2 tsp black pepper

Use your homemade bread crumbs to make delicious fried chicken
Use your homemade bread crumbs to make delicious fried chicken | Source

Tender Italian Baked Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Place bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Dip chicken into the mayonnaise mixture, then into the bread crumbs to coat. Arrange coated chicken on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken juices run clear and coating is golden brown.

Note: This recipe makes 4 servings. I found this recipe on allrecipes.com. It is a marvelous way to use your homemade bread crumbs. The chicken dish is moist and delicious, not to mention healthy.

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