10 Ways to Use Every Morsel of Your Breadcrumbs

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Whenever you have stale bread, rather than tossing it, toast it and give it a whirl in a food processor. Store the breadcrumbs in a resealable plastic baggie in the freezer for casseroles, breaded meats and vegetables, and pasta dishes. If you're short for ideas, these 10 recipes will help inspire you to use up your stash, before your breadcrumbs become stale!

  • "Fries" Coating: Get your french fries fix by making these baked zucchini fries, which are coated in a breadcrumb mixture.
  • Cake Maker: Breadcrumbs also bind fish together in these sautéed salmon cakes.
  • Bean Casserole Crust: YumSugar Assistant Editor Nicole Perry and I are huge fans of the white beans, covered in breadcrumbs, from Nopa restaurant in San Francisco. We think this white bean dish, inspired by the restaurant, is a must make.
  • Collard Greens Topping: This creamed collard green casserole is a great example of a traditional Southern casserole topped with breadcrumbs.
  • "Fried" Fish Crust: Make fish and chips a healthier meal by subbing cornflakes for breadcrumbs in this recipe for a satisfyingly crispy coat.

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  • Burger Binder: The breadcrumbs help bind veggie burgers like this chickpea burger.
  • "Fried" Chicken Coating: Baked "fried" chicken can be coated in breadcrumbs to achieve its coating.
  • Mac and Cheese Topping: Rather than melting cheese on top of macaroni and cheese, Michelle Obama's recipe is topped with crunchy breadcrumbs.
  • Mussels Crust: Butter-soaked breadcrumbs create a crispy, golden crust atop these gratinéed mussels.
  • Gratin Topping: If you can't find dandelion greens for this casserole, use spinach. The breadcrumbs add a crunchy contrast to the dish.

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