how to make your own breadcrumbs
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Browned Butter Breadcrumbs

Crispy breadcrumbs deliciously flavored with browned butter.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: ingredient
Cuisine: Any
Keyword: Breadcrumbs


  • 4 cups 1-inch bread cubes cut from day-old bread
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter if using whole wheat bread; OR 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter for white bread


  • Place the bread cubes into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade. Whirl it like crazy until you've reached the size breadcrumb you prefer.
  • Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet for a toaster oven (or large oven if you don't have one). Toast up until just crisp, and set aside. Using the toaster oven, I literally selected "Toast" and toasted for 10 minutes, stirring the crumbs at regular intervals.
  • Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium high heat. As soon as the butter melts and begins to foam, reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to foam. Once the foam dissipates, the butter will begin to brown. When the butter is a deep nut brown, add the toasted breadcrumbs and coat them well; lightly salt or add herbs or spices, if desired, and sauté for one minute.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer. This is a GREAT pantry item to keep around for adding to pastas, salads or cooked veggies.