Don’t throw out your good bread! Once a loaf starts to go stale, slice it thinly and freeze, ideally in a reusable freezer bag with the air pressed out. When you’re ready for delicious breadcrumbs, break up pieces and use a food processor to blitz them into large crumbs. This recipe can be easily scaled depending on how much bread you have to use up. According to chef and cookbook author Mei Li, “the idea is that your stale bread becomes this delicious thing that makes basically every other recipe tastier!”

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Makes 1 cup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Flavorings of your choice, such as minced garlic, anchovies, chili flakes, everything bagel spice, dried herbs like oregano or parsley, or fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary
  • 1 cup stale bread, blitzed into large crumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. If you’re adding flavorings like garlic or anchovies, add them to the oil first to infuse as it warms. Add breadcrumbs and season well with salt and pepper. Stir frequently to toast to a dark golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. If you’re adding spices or herbs, turn off heat and stir them in thoroughly. Let cool slightly before sprinkling onto another dish. Store in an airtight container in the fridge
  • Recipe By
    Mei Li, Raleigh, North Carolina

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