Make Parmesan-Oregano Bread Crumbs

Make your own flavored bread crumbs for breading chicken, pork chops or fish. Oregano and parmesan are perfect flavors to go with those. It’s a great way to use up excess bread.

Since my husband made homemade bread several times a week for the farmer’s market, sometimes we ended up with leftover loaves. Since it doesn’t have preservatives, it won’t keep as long as store-bought bread. This recipe makes good use of it if you can’t eat it fast enough.

A vintage ad for M & M Bread (photo by Virginia Allain)

A vintage ad for M & M Bread (photo by Virginia Allain)

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 loaf day old bread
  • 1/4 c. grated parmesan
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. fresh oregano or 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. coarse salt
  1. Remove the crust from day-old bread. We use our homemade bread that we make in the bread machine. This doesn’t work with soft, store-bought bread. You will need to allow it to dry out.
  2. Divide it into two batches. Put one batch at a time into a food processor. Pulse it until it forms fine crumbs. To do this manually, put the bread cubes in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling-pin. You will have five cups of crumbs.
  3. Stir together the fine bread crumbs with 3 1/2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, 3/4 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon of coarse salt.
Drying out store-bought bread (photo by Virginia Allain)

Drying out store-bought bread (photo by Virginia Allain)

 Tips & Warnings
  • Extra crumbs can be frozen until needed.
  • Don’t feed it to the birds.
Here's Dad (Clyde Martin) slicing his homemade bread.

Here’s Clyde Martin slicing his homemade bread.

(First published on eHow in 2008 by Gail Lee Martin)
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