Bread crumbs seem to sneakily make their way into many an unsuspecting recipe. But what if you’re not eating bread? Or serving friends that prefer their meals gluten-free? Or perhaps you're halfway through a romesco recipe, surrounded by dirty pans, and not keen on dirtying up yet another for a “1-inch-thick slice of fried country bread, pulverized." For each one of those instances, we have happy alternatives—here are nine bread crumb-free bread crumbs for you to experiment with:
Bread crumbs—whether fresh or dried, toasted or seasoned, coarse or fine—are ground, dried-out (or fried) slices of bread. They provide bulking and binding, crispy crunchies, and moisture-control to a recipe. But this is all to say, bread crumbs need not be made of bread.
When a recipe calls for crumbs made from stale or fried bread (that is, where you're not looking for bread to provide moisture, but rather crunch and texture), turn to your pantry for other possibilities.
But first, a few things to consider: