The Lowly Breadcrumb…Not

Toasted Breadcrumb

Toasted Breadcrumb

All you have to do is add a little olive oil to a sauté pan. Heat it a bit. Throw in a peeled, smashed clove of garlic. Add about a cup of breadcrumbs (regular, panko, fresh-made, either/or) and sauté until golden or dark brown. Season with salt & pepper. Discard garlic clove.

Now what?

I used to only make this when I made pasta with a seafood sauce. Toasted, flavored breadcrumb sprinkled on the pasta instead of cheese is the best way to enjoy seafood pasta.

But now I go crazy. I’m topping fish filets and then roasting them in the oven with some added lemon. (Sometimes I add a little grated parmigiano to the breadcrumb.)

Cod Filets with Breadcrumb Topping

Cod Filets with Breadcrumb Topping

I’m mixing the toasted breadcrumb with roasted or sautéed vegetables.  (Zucchini, roasted peppers, string beans, asparagus.)

Zucchini and yellow squash

Zucchini and yellow squash

Peppers, Capers, Breadcrumb

Peppers, Capers, Breadcrumb

Sprinkle some on top of scrambled eggs. Add it to the salad.  Stuff a chicken breast. Or a mushroom or tomato.

Roasted Tomatoes with Breadcrumb

Roasted Tomatoes with Breadcrumb

The crunch, the added flavor, the look of it (rustic, surprising, okay, yes, exciting) takes your dish to a deeper level. Maybe it’s from the cucina povera but necessity is often the muse of several bouts of serendipity.

Paulette

Paulette

4 thoughts on “The Lowly Breadcrumb…Not

  1. Paulette, you are as passionate about bread crumbs as I have become about homemade croutons…I make them out of cornbread, baguettes, naan, whatever comes across my kitchen counter. I sprinkle them over our nightly salads…that way I get some bread…without eating a lot of bread! I shall now try your bread crumb passion on a few of my dishes. Just another way to eat good bread, without eating bread! Love this post.

    • Ah, the crunch! There’s a whole cookbook’s worth of recipes for old bread — oops! good idea…let’s see who gets there first! 🙂 Thanks, Teresa, appreciate your comments so much!

  2. Paulette. I am still coming on the 30th. Thank you!! Can I just give you the check or cash then? I would appreciate it if I could. Pls let me know. I am a ditz when it comes to snail mail— Connie Adams

    Sent from my iPhone Connie Adams comnieadams2000@aol.com 216 218 8030

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