How to Make Easy Toasted Bread Crumbs

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Toasted Bread Crumbs
Toasted Bread Crumbs. Photo: Diana Rattray

Use these bread crumbs for stuffing or dress up a basic vegetable dish like these green beans, or top a gratin or macaroni and cheese casserole with them. They're super easy to prepare and bake, and using a garlic or other flavored extra virgin olive oil can make them extra-special.

They make a good replacement for fine, dry bread crumbs in a recipe as well.

What You'll Need

  • bread, preferably good quality bakery bread or homemade, with or without crusts
  • olive oil, plain or flavored
  • kosher salt
  • fresh finely chopped parsley, optional

Cut or tear fresh or day-old bread into smaller pieces and pulse briefly in a food processor to make coarse or fine breadcrumbs.  Alternatively, you could also cut slices of a good quality bakery or homemade bread into small croutons.

For fine, dry bread crumbs, process or crush them finely after toasting.

Heat the oven to 325° F.

Put the bread crumbs in a bowl and toss them with a plain or flavored olive oil, about 1 tablespoon per cup of bread crumbs. Sprinkle with a small amount of kosher salt or coarse sea salt. If desired, toss them with a little bit of chopped parsley.

Arrange the crumbs in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until nicely browned and dry.

If you won't be using them right away, put the crumbs in a food storage bag, seal, and freeze. 

When you need a cup or two for a casserole or other dish, measure and let them thaw before using.

 

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