Spicy Bread Crumbs
Recipe Checklist:
Estimated Time
10 Minutes
Yield
Approximately 16 oz Spicy Bread Crumbs
Ingredients
  • 1 Slightly Stale Baguette (Chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
Tools & Equipment
  • Cutting Board
  • Chefs Knife
  • Food Processor or Blender
  • Measuring Spoons
Summary

 

Preparation

We call for a slightly stale Baguette in the ingredients above but in practice any flavorful bread, stale or fresh, will work to make Bread Crumbs. Fresh bread will just have to be dried out so that it will crumble and not crush and compact when under pressure. The fresh bread can be dried by Toasting it in a 350˚ F (177˚C) oven for about 15-20 minutes. Once the bread is dry enough it can then be Chopped. The end result will be similar to slightly stale bread.

Also the ingredients in the proportions above will give you some heat and flavor. If you are more timid with the Scoville Scale, use a bit less of each.

Method

With your Bread Chopped, bring out your Electric Blender or Food Processor. Put the cubes of Bread into the pitcher / bowl of the device and then add the seasonings. Pulse the machine for 15 to 20 seconds when the mixture should be ground into small crumbs. If a bit longer is needed, pulse the machine again briefly. Taste the product. If it needs additional seasoning, add the appropriate ingredient.

Because these are homemade, fresh Bread Crumbs (even if starting with stale bread that was once fresh), are not processed and preserved they should be used immediately or placed in an air tight container and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.