Works for Me Wednesday: Fresh Bread Crumbs

I don't know about you, but whenever a recipe calls for "bread crumbs," I always think of canned bread crumbs, and if I don't have any on hand, I improvise something roughly equivalent, smashing up croutons, or toasting and crumbling stale bread or some such thing.

Last time I made macaroni and cheese, though, I did it a little different. Instead of using dried bread crumbs for the topping, I minced up a few slices of sandwich bread, and tossed them with melted butter before sprinkling them on top of the casserole.

It was absolutely amazing. When it came out of the oven, the crumbs were crispy and light and oh-so-delicious. This is something we'll be having much more often around here, now that I've figured this out.

The whole family loved the results, but I must say that Isaiah was rather disturbed by the process. When he saw me chopping the bread, he scolded me soundly.

"That's not garlic! Bread's not for cutting, Elena-man."

That's Mama to you, buster!

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SAHMmy Says said...

Great tip! I'll have to try the chopping technique sometime--I'm guessing it produces more of a stuffing consistency...yum! I usually whir extra bread in my food processor and store in a ziploc in the freezer.

Stephanie @ ATime4Everything.com said...

I save the heels of my bread (that no one seems to want to eat around here!) in the freezer. When I need bread crumbs, I unthaw slighty and whiz up in the food processor! Much better than store bought and it doesn't have any preservatives if you make your own bread!

robbie said...

kids say the craziest things!!! would love to chat with you!! send me you new info!!


msmith said...

Mmmm, mac n cheese. I just made a batch last week with Ricotta and Chedder and ham- oh so yummy. This is Miranda (Ashley's friend) by the way. I love your blog and check it almost every day. Come visit at http://web.mac.com/everychapter

Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife said...

That's a really great idea! Often, I'll skip the crumbs if we don't already have some in the house. We ALWAYS have bread, though.

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Elena and Andrew!

I wrote to Andrew the other day; not sure if he still picks up Biola address or not. We are still wrestling with "it" here (Discernment Com.). With the goings-on this last week in the HOB, I thought I'd check in. I don't know the dioc. geog. where you are; look up what +Jeffrey Steenson did (is he the bish. for your area?). If you'd like me to email you items, let me know best address. I'm still at herr@irwd.com. Pax, Greg

KarenLT said...

Hi Elena! I'm glad to see you survived the move and are settling into normal life, breadcrumbs and all. I miss you, but I'm thrilled that things seem to be going along with only minor disasters!


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