Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

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Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs with parsley, lemon zest, and oregano - some of the raw ingredients for home made breadcrumbs, including parsley and lemon zest
Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs with parsley, lemon zest, and oregano - some of the raw ingredients for home made breadcrumbs, including parsley and lemon zest

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs with parsley, lemon zest, and oregano

I love versatile foods because, like many home cooks, I’m lazy and time deprived.  I look for shortcuts and want my food to taste good with minimal effort and, moreover, I think even the most respected food experts on the planet secretly feel this way.  After all, there’s more to life than food including travelling, falling in love, a successful profession, reading, spending time with family and friends, etc.   So, as much as I aspire to chopping and braising, I love simple food items that make my food taste good and require minimal effort.

Enter Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs with parsley, lemon zest, and oregano!  I use homemade breadcrumbs to top fish, fry cutlets, thicken soups, fry vegetables such as zucchini, stuffing for artichokes, ingredient in turkey burgers, and baked chicken.  I grate my own breadcrumbs for 2-4 day old bread or when I’m feeling very lazy buy a package of 99 cent freshly ground breadcrumbs (with absolutely no seasoning) from a local Italian market.  And include the following ingredients:

completed bread crumb mixture - Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs with parsley, lemon zest, and oregano
completed bread crumb mixture- Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs with parsley, lemon zest, and oregano


Home Made Italian Breadcrumbs
 
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Home made Italian breadcrumbs
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Ingredients
  • Any type of bread (2-3 days old)
  • Lemon zest of ½ of a small lemon (finely chopped)
  • Bunch of parsley (finely chopped)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Dried Oregano
Process
  1. You can pulse the bread in a food processor and thereafter mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Only make enough for the given recipe, fresh seasoned breadcrumbs shouldn't sit in the fridge for a long period of time.
  2. One note: skip the grated cheese, garlic powder, and cheap sliced bread (buy good bread that you would normally eat with a meal)
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That’s it, now you have a versatile pantry item that you’ve made from scratch and will save you time and make your food taste great.  Like bottled salad dressing, you should never buy pre-seasoned breadcrumbs.

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  1. These are so much better than store-bought. I want to dive right into that fish.

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