My family really enjoys meatballs and meatloaf. While I’ve been making them with shredded veggies and/or coconut flour instead of breadcrumbs, sometimes I crave the good old-fashioned taste of using those breadcrumbs.
But of course, the store breadcrumbs, at best, are not soaked. At worst, they contain HFCS and a lot of other food toxins. Needless to say, I don’t buy them.
For this, you can make your own bread (and it doesn’t matter if you are terrible at making bread — I used a batch that did not turn out when I made these), or you can purchase store-bought sprouted bread or real sourdough. It’s up to you. I’ve adapted my favorite whole wheat bread for soaking, and I used that.
As to soaking it, I mixed the water and about 4 cups of flour together and let it sit overnight. After that, I followed the butter, milk, honey, and salt directions, proofed the yeast, and poured it over the dough. Then I worked it in, adding about 1 cup additional sprouted flour. This worked out great. I tried a second way of doing it that was a failure, though…and that led to the most recent batch of breadcrumbs.
How to Make Breadcrumbs
Step 1: Cut your bread into chunks and set it somewhere to dry out. It should take 1 – 2 days. You can slice it, but mine was pretty much rock-hard, so I tore it like this:
Step 2: Once they’re dry, add some to the blender or food processor, filling no more than half full:
Step 3: Turn it on low at first, slowly turning it up as the pieces turn into smaller crumbs:
Step 4: Turn it on high briefly to ensure everything’s ground up.
Put it in a bag and freeze it so you have some whenever. My double batch (2 loaves of bread, but one batch of the above recipe) made about 5 cups of bread crumbs. In addition to meatballs, I also use them in stuffed mushrooms, one of my favorite holiday (or anytime) dishes!
How to Make Bread Crumbs
- 1 loaf of bread sliced thinly or cut into chunks
- A blender like Vitamix or food processor
- Cut your bread into chunks and set it somewhere to dry out. It should take 1 - 2 days. You can slice it, but mine was pretty much rock-hard, so I tore it like this:
- Once they're dry, add some to the blender or food processor, filling no more than half full:
- Turn it on low at first, slowly turning it up as the pieces turn into smaller crumbs:
- Turn it on high briefly to ensure everything's ground up.