Rather than throwing out bread that is getting old, why not make your own bread crumbs? It takes very little time and having homemade bread crumbs in your freezer provides a savory coating for beef, chicken or fish and a flavorful, crunchy topping for casseroles and vegetables. Add some fresh-grated Parmesan cheese and you have a delicious coating at your fingertips.
Freezer Bread Crumbs
2 cups bread crumbs, about 4 bread slices
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon herbs such as basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, etc.
To make the crumbs, tear the bread slices into small pieces and place them in a blender or food processor. Make bread crumbs by turning the machine on and off until the crumbs are small and well blended. Add the parsley, garlic, salt, pepper and herbs to the crumbs and process again to mix them thoroughly. Store the seasoned bread crumbs in a plastic freezer bag in the freezer. To make Parmesan cheese bread crumbs, mix the bread crumbs and the grated Parmesan cheese together. Store in the freezer until ready to use.
Trisha's Bacon and Egg Pizzas
3 tablespoons milk
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 teaspoons butter
10 dinner rolls, thawed
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add milk, salt and pepper. Melt butter in a skillet; add the egg mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until the eggs are set. Remove from the heat and set aside. Roll each dinner roll into a 5-inch circle. Place on greased baking sheets. Spoon egg mixture evenly over crusts. Sprinkle with bacon and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.
Mom's Cherry Walnut Bars
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped and drained (reserve the juice)
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons reserved maraschino cherry juice
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large mixing bowl, blend 2 cups flour, sugar and butter or margarine until crumbly. Press crumb mixture in bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until light golden brown. In a small bowl, combine eggs and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add 1/4 cup flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Stir in cherries and walnuts; pour filling over baked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until filling is set. Cool. In small bowl, combine powdered sugar and cherry juice; blend well. Spread evenly over top. Cut into bars after frosting is set. Yield: 36 bars.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make a loaf of contentment.
GARY'S TIP: Add a teaspoon of sugar to homemade soup. It brings out the flavor of all the ingredients.
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