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Monday, July 16, 2012

Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs

English: Baked with love using a personal brea...English: Baked with love using a personal bread making machine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
   I have always thought that recycling is a good idea, that's why I recycle bread. There are usually a couple of heels that nobody will eat, so I toss them in the freezer and recycle for another time, another recipe. I've used bread heels to make french toast, grilled cheese, stuffing, and croutons. One of the easiest things to make with bread heels is bread  crumbs.
   Every now and then a recipe calls for bread crumbs, whether it's for meatballs, meatloaf or in a breading for chicken. This is very easy to do, you can add more spice if you wish and I toss it into a baggie and then freeze it until needed. How easy and cheap.


Italian Bread Crumbs
10 bread heels (any type)
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 350. On large spray-coated cookie sheet; tear bread heels into 1/2-inch pieces. Bake 10 minutes in oven until bread is completely dried out. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes or so. 
Put spices into a 1-quart bag and half of bread crumbs. Use heavy rolling pin and roll over breads cubes to crush. Continue adding all bread cubes and rolling until all are smashed fine.

Makes about 1 quart. Store in air tight baggie in freezer until ready to use.

Use to coat veggies, chicken or pork for frying. They can also be added to meatloaf or meatballs and as a casserole topping.
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