It's hard to finish a big loaf of bread
before it gets stale. And too often, we forget about it until it's hard enough to be a doorstop. But if you have five minutes and a food processor, you can give turn it into breadcrumbs that can be used for countless dishes. See our step-by-step photos, below...First, tear the bread into chunks, as many as will fit into your food processor bowl. We ended up with about 3 cups of loosely-packed chunks, which yielded 2 cups of crumbs.
Here's a tip: If your bread has a crunchy crust that's gotten really hard, leave it out (just scoop out the softer bread). Below, an un-processed chunk of crust that we fished out of our food processor.
After a few pulses to get things going, then a 10-second whir, you've got fine, uniform breadcrumbs that you can use right away or freeze. We'll throw ours on top of gratins
, and baked vegetables
, or coat chicken breasts in them before baking.
If you don't have a food processor, you can toast your bread first, then grate it on a box grater. See our instructions here: DIY Dried Breadcrumbs
Does anyone have a method for making fresh breadcrumbs that doesn't require a food processor? Let us know!
Related: Recipe: Poor Man's Parmesan
(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)