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August 31, 2013

Can You Say Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs?

Filed under: gluten-free — Tags: — glutenfreebymarriage @ 15:30

gluten-free bread heels

Am I really talking about breadcrumbs? Yes, I am.

If it was just bread heels we wouldn’t be having this conversation, but my freezer is full of bread bags with one or two slices of very expensive gluten-free bread.

The problem is that gluten-free bread is small, like barely larger than cocktail bread and by the time you get past the middle you are folding your lunch meat into quarters to make it fit in the sandwich.

There was no way I was going to throw away perfectly good bread just because it was too small, so I saved them.

Week after week I pushed the runts of the loaves to the back of the freezer until one day Mr. GF noticed that the freezer was filled with sad looking bread bags and asked what I was going to do with them.

“I’m saving them to make breadcrumbs,”  I said as if that had been the plan all along.

It was pure genius.   Why hadn’t I thought of it earlier?

So here I am six months later and I can’t believe I am actually posting directions for making gluten-free bread crumbs.

Ingredients:

Makes about 3 cups of bread crumbs

  • 12 – 15 slices of GF bread or heels (It usually takes me a couple months to save enough)
  • cooking spray
  • misc. spices (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 3250
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly coat with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Thaw bread if frozen.
  4. Place bread heels on prepared cookie sheets
  5. Spritz bread with cooking spray then season.  I used onion powder, garlic powder and ground sage this morning, but seasoning is optional.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes at 3250 or until all the bread is browned.  You definitely want the bread crispy like melba toast.

    soft toast = doughy bread crumbs.

  7. Cool toast on a wire rack.
  8. Using a food processor, grind cooled toast into fine crumbs.   Store in a zip top bag or air tight container.

Warning: This is a fairly messy process and no matter how careful you think you are you will end up with bread crumbs all over the counter.

Final Note: I know that making breadcrumbs isn’t for everybody, but If you need a budget friendly classic breadcrumb flavor for making meatloaf or topping a casserole, save all those pitiful little pieces of gluten-free bread and give it a try.

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