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Innovative Bread Crumbs Usage?

I finally got around to processing all the leftover/rock hard baguette pieces taking up valuable counter space. I must have 10-12 cups of bread crumbs. Now what? (Family of two!) I already had some in the freezer and I would really rather give them away or use them up asap. What can I do with them to use up the most possible? Their typical uses: stuffing veggies, coating things for frying, crab cakes etc.-- is not going to use up many of them.

I was wondering if I could somehow turn them into cheese crackers (a major weakness of mine)? Could i mix them with shredded cheese and butter and cayenne , and pat down a thin layer on a sheet pan? Score it before baking? or would they not hold together?
or
what about making a crust with melted butter (like a graham cracker crust) in a roasting pan and doing a gratin or quiche on top of that?
Has anyone actually seen anything like these ideas? or others? Thx so much for your help!

asked by LE BEC FIN about 3 years ago

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Lost_in_NYC
added about 3 years ago

- Season them to your liking and give away as gifts with a spring vegetable (or two) and recipe as to how to use them w/the vegetable
- Use as a topping for baked pasta dishes and go a little crazy w/the amount.
- Make baklava in mini-muffin tins and mix the bread crumbs into the nut filling to give it a meaty flavor. (personally have done this and love it!)
- When making burgers, patties, etc, incorporate the 'crumbs into the mixture
- Bread pudding

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Nancy
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added about 3 years ago

to riff on the bread pudding - it can be (traditional) sweet, or a more unusual savoury version. Use cheese, some eggs, some sauce, vegetables, nuts - whatever you have or like, bake and serve as a lunch dish with salad or starchy side dish to a dinner.

sfmiller
added about 3 years ago

I've made a dry-bread-crumb crust in the manner of a graham cracker crust. It works.

My very frugal mother made pancakes with dry bread crumbs that she soaked in milk or buttermilk, then added eggs, vanilla, a little flour, and sometimes cinnamon or nutmeg. They were pretty good, sort of like french toast in pancake form. I don't have an exact recipe (and I doubt that she did), but googling "bread crumb pancakes" turns up a bunch of them.

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selena
added about 3 years ago

What exactly did you do?

irina
added about 3 years ago

I don't know why those cheese crisps wouldn't work. Sound good to me!

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QueenSashy
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added about 3 years ago

I like to use them on pasta... Suzanne has a wonderful recipe on the site https://food52.com/recipes... I also often make this one https://food52.com/recipes...

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Garlic Fiend
added about 3 years ago

I have seen recipes for using the bread crumbs to...make more bread :) Might not be the best solution here, huh? Sorry. Not helpful. My husband's solution will be to make lots of meat balls

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pierino
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added about 3 years ago

A classic Sicilian treatment is "mollica" where the bread crumbs are first browned in olive oil and then added to finished pasta. Maybe with some grated bottarrga or capers, anchovies etc.

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ChefJune
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added about 3 years ago

I like to toast breadcrumbs and add fresh herbs to top seafood pasta or risotto dishes. Your idea for a crumb crust a la graham cracker would surely be a great idea. You could go sweet or savory with them.
And why not give your cheese cracker idea a whirl? Sounds like a good idea.

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dinner at ten
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added about 3 years ago

If your breadcrumbs are on the coarse side, you could make apple brown betty. I've seen it made either with small cubes of bread or with breadcrumbs, but I think very fine bread crumbs might give it an odd texture.

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selena
added about 3 years ago

Lets put our heads together and develop a savory crust recipe using coarse bread crumbs (aka like graham cracker crust for sweet recipe). Its a great idea... So obviously we add butter but do we need an egg too? Thoughts?

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LE BEC FIN
added about 3 years ago

I'm thinking butter, parm or cheddar, salt, cayenne. don't think egg is necessary (cheese would melt and bind) but am unsure.

jessicamclement
added about 3 years ago

i'm not sure if this recipe will be the trick, since it only uses around 1/2 cup breadcrumbs depending on the recipe that you find... but there is a lebanese (/middle eastern) dip called muhammara with walnuts, tomato paste, and roasted peppers that uses breadcrumbs. it's extremely delicious and if you're a big family you could double the recipe! good luck :)

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