How to Make Easy Toasted Bread Crumbs

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Toasted Bread Crumbs

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
  1. 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.
  2. For fine, dry bread crumbs, process or crush them finely after toasting.
  3. Heat the oven to 325 F.
  4. 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.
  5. Arrange the crumbs in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until nicely browned and dry.
  7. If you won't be using them right away, put the crumbs in a food storage bag, seal, and freeze. 
  8. When you need a cup or two for a casserole or other dish, measure and let them thaw before using. 

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