Make Your Own Coarse Bread Crumbs

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Last week I shared my recipe for using leftover ham in the Eggs Benedict post, this week I'm giving you a way to use bread that is starting to go stale with my coarse breadcrumbs recipe!  With Christmas around the corner and another turkey dinner I'm also going to save a little money by not having to buy breadcrumbs for stuffing and I can pre-season them to compliment the stuffing!

finished coarse bread crumbs

Ingredients
  • a loaf of bread or buns, roughly enough to fill a cookie sheet
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasonings and Spices, if you choose
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Cut bread/buns into ½ inch cubes, this doesn't have to be precise just enough to resemble coarse bread crumbs.
  3. If you choose place in a bowl and toss with olive oil and seasoning or spices of choice.
  4. Bake for roughly 10 min (for light colored bread), 15 min (for darker bread), broil for a few minutes to add a little crisp at the end, turn oven off and open door slightly and leave breadcrumbs in oven for 10-15 min to further dry them out
  5. Cool before freezing or can be left in an airtight container for about one week
Notes
You'll know the breadcrumbs are baked long enough when they are dry and hard

 

From the following picture you can easily see the steps and what I used to get two freezer ziploc bags full of breadcrumbs, can't wait to use them in my stuffing!!  Might even share that recipe with you all!

coarse bread crumbsThe spices I used on these were:

  • garlic
  • parsley
  • sage
  • pinch of cinnamon but don't tell anyone that's our little secret 😉

This should make for a delicious addition to the stuffing!  Or at least I hope usually I just use this recipe for caesar salad croutons.

Homemade always tastes better!

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