Saturday, January 17, 2009

Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

Well here I am making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and thinking "oh I should post this", meanwhile my chicken cordon bleu recipe is waiting in the wings, and I realized that I really should have my breadcrumb recipe posted somewhere on this site since I use them so much. I mentioned bread crumbs in my turkey meat loaf recipe, but this will be a post that I can link back to every time I use them. So here it is...

Basically you are just using whatever bread you normally eat. We make our bread from Pamela's Amazing Wheat Free mix (available through my Amazon store to the right). Emily doesn't usually eat the heels, so I cut them off and dry them overnight on the counter. If I cut her bread into shapes, like her flower hamburger buns, I set the scraps out to dry too. If you don't have extra heels or scraps then by all means you can just dry out a few slices of bread. Also, if you are a more sanitary person than I, and you don't like the thought of your bread sitting out all night, you can bake it in a low temperature oven until it is completely dried out.

Now that your bread is dry, we are going to grind it into crumbs and add some seasonings. Put the bread into your blender with some salt and pepper and whatever dried herbs and seasonings your little heart desires. OK, OK, you want a recipe??? Here is a VERY general guideline. Tonight when I made breadcrumbs for Emily I measured what I put into them for the first time ever and this is what I came up with...

1 c Breadcrumbs
½ t Salt
¼ t Dried basil
½ t Onion powder
A couple of dashes of dried oregano
A couple of grinds of black pepper

Blend all together in blender, pulsing or shaking when needed, until it reaches a very fine crumb.

I would definitely add garlic powder too, if Emily weren't allergic to it. Now you have dried, seasoned bread crumbs that you can put into an airtight container and keep indefinitely, adding to it whenever you have more to add. I have found so many uses for it now that I make sure I never run out.


tmb said...

Hi, the allergen bread crumb recipe is much appreciated--as are all of your recipes! I have added your site into the Gluten Free Fox search engine which we have customized to provide gluten-free Google search results.

Thanks so much!!

FoodAllergyMom said...

Thank you! I'm so glad you stopped by, I didn't even know there was such thing as a "gluten free search engine". What an awesome site!!! I am going to add the Gluten Free Fox to my blogroll also. said...

At what temp and time did you dry them out at? I want to make some, but being as I live in a brooklyn apartment I cant exactly leave any food out....

FoodAllergyMom said...

I think the last time I dried them in the oven I did it at 250 degrees, but I'm not sure. A food dehydrator would work too if you have one. Anyway, somewhere between 200 and 250, and start checking for dryness after about 30 minutes. You want to be able to crumble them and feel no moisture at all, that's how you get the long shelf life.

grace said...

Have you tried corn pasta? Mrs. Leepers corn pasta is sooooo much better than any rice pasta we have tried.

I like your homemade pinata. May try that myself this week. And I think it looks better than the store bought!!!