September 29, 2012 by Flora Dawn
Panko Crumbs Directions:
- Preheat oven to 325. You could bake at a different temperature, but be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
- Assemble the food processor witht he grating disc (to produce very coarse crumbs). Break bread into chunks and feed through the food processor tube. Season if desired.
- Place crumbs on a shallow baking sheet (a rimmed sheet works best) and bake in preheated oven until dry, but not browned (about 8-10 minutes). You might want to rotate the sheet or shake/stir while cooking.
- Allow crumbs to cool and use just as you would panko crumbs.
Panko crumbs are coarse bread crumbs that lend a light, airy texture to breaded foods. Although I have found gluten-free panko crumbs at one local store, they are very expensive.
My sister told me she heard somewhere you could make your own panko crumbs by simply using the grating attachment for your KitchenAid mixer or the grating disc on your food processor. I, of course, had to try this for myself. And I am pleased to report it works wonderfully and is far more economical than purchasing the prepackaged gluten-free panko crumbs at your local supermarket (if you can even find them).
I have used both gluten-free bread and leftover gluten-free hamburger buns to make panko crumbs. Both worked fine. I think this is a good use for less-than-wonderful loaves you may have. With a little seasoning, even an odd loaf of gluten-free bread will probably taste okay as crumbs.