Gluten Free Breadcrumbs: How to Use This Kitchen Staple to Improve Your Cooking
What is the secret to crispy chicken nuggets? What makes the perfect topping for homemade mac and cheese? What do you use when a dish could use a little bit of crunch? Breadcrumbs are a versatile pantry staple that can be used to add flavor and texture to your favorite dishes.
If you’re a follower of the gluten free diet, the word “bread” alone may be enough to turn you off. While it is true that most store-bought breadcrumbs are made from gluten-containing bread, they aren’t your only option! Gluten free brands like Schär have developed gluten free breadcrumbs that are safe (and delicious) for followers of the gluten free diet.
Now that breadcrumbs are back on the market, how are you going to use them? Read on to learn some creative tips for incorporating breadcrumbs into your gluten free diet at home and to receive some tasty sample recipes to get your started.
What Should You Know About Gluten Free Breadcrumbs?
You don’t have to be a master chef to know what breadcrumbs are. They are simply tiny bits of bread that can be used as a coating, thickener, or garnish for a wide variety of recipes. In soups and sauces, breadcrumbs make for a flavorful thickener or a crunchy garnish. For meat, poultry, and fish, breadcrumbs can be tossed with cheese or herbs to make a tasty crispy coating. The uses for breadcrumbs are vast and varied, you just have to use your imagination.
If you’re looking for the perfect gluten free breadcrumbs to use in your favorite recipes, check out the Schär Shop. Schär offers gluten free breadcrumbs in a bag that are made from rice flour, cornstarch, and soy flour. They are completely gluten free, wheat free, lactose free, and free from preservatives and GMO ingredients. Stock up so you always have them on hand!
11 Tips for Using Breadcrumbs in Recipes
When it comes to gluten free cooking, creativity is everything. Upon first starting the diet, you may feel restricted or limited in your food options. As you get to understand the diet, however, you’ll see that you still have plenty of options and that there are gluten free versions for almost everything. This opens up a whole new world of culinary possibilities. Even things you never thought could be gluten free – like breadcrumbs – can be made from gluten free ingredients.
Here are some creative tips for using breadcrumbs in cooking:
- Add a mixture of grated parmesan cheese and gluten free breadcrumbs as a finishing touch to your favorite pasta dishes.
- Toss gluten free breadcrumbs with a little olive oil and garlic then quickly toast it in a skillet to create a crunchy topping for fresh seafood dishes.
- Stir some breadcrumbs into your favorite soup, little by little, as an alternative to other thickeners like cornstarch or flour.
- Give chicken, fish, or pork cutlets a crispy coating by dipping them in an egg wash and dredging with breadcrumbs before frying or baking.
- Add breadcrumbs to meatballs to help them stick together and to give them a hint of flavor.
- Make homemade crab cakes using gluten free breadcrumbs as a binder and sprinkle some extra over top before baking for an added crunch.
- Top your homemade mac and cheese with a generous layer of breadcrumbs and drizzle with oil or melted butter before baking.
- Transform ordinary vegetable gratin recipes by adding a layer of breadcrumbs between the veggies and cheese.
- Sprinkle some breadcrumbs over top when serving pureed soups to give it a little bit of texture.
- Give roasted veggies new life with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs added during the last few minutes of roasting until they are browned.
- Toss together a mixture of breadcrumbs, garlic, and dried herbs to create a tasty coating for roasted chicken or steak.
By now it should be clear that breadcrumbs are a versatile addition to any gluten free pantry. Not only are they easy to incorporate into your favorite dishes, but they are easy to make yourself! Simply take your favorite loaf of Schär gluten free bread and grind it down in a food processor then spread on a large baking sheet. Bake at 300°F for 10 minutes until toasted and dry then cool before using. It’s that easy! If you want to simply shake and bake, you can also try Schär Gluten Free Breadcrumbs.
Sample Recipes Featuring Schär Gluten Free Breadcrumbs
1. Fried Salmon Patties with Dill Sauce
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 1 to 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon fresh chopped dill
- Pinch cayenne
- Salt and pepper
- 4 (4-ounce) salmon fillets
- 1 ½ cups Schär gluten free breadcrumbs
- 3 large eggs
- 4 green onions, sliced thin
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Stir together the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, dill, cayenne, and salt in a bowl.
- Cover with plastic and chill until ready to use.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Season the salmon with salt and pepper then bake for 6 to 8 minutes until the flesh flakes easily with a fork.
- Set the salmon aside to cool for a few minutes then remove the skin, if needed.
- Combine the gluten free breadcrumbs, eggs, green onion, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl.
- Flake the salmon into the bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Shape the salmon mixture into 12 even-sized patties and chill, covered, for 30 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Fry the patties in batches, cooking for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Drain the patties on paper towels and serve with the dill sauce.
2. Buffalo Baked Chicken
- ¾ cup hot sauce (or wing sauce)
- 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- ¾ cup all-purpose gluten free flour
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups Schär gluten free breadcrumbs
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and place a wire cooling rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
- Pour ¼ cup of the hot sauce into a shallow dish.
- Add the chicken breasts, turning to coat, then let stand for 15 minutes.
- Drain the chicken and discard the leftover marinade.
- In a shallow bowl, combine the all-purpose gluten free flour with the salt and pepper.
- Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl and the remaining hot sauce in another shallow bowl.
- Dip the chicken pieces in the flour mixture to coat, shaking off the excess.
- Transfer the chicken to the hot sauce, turning to coat, then dredge in the breadcrumbs, patting to help them stick.
- Place the chicken on the rack over the baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Let the chicken cool for a few minutes then serve hot.
3. Spinach & Artichoke Potato Casserole
- 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- ¼ cup pitted Greek olives, sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- 24 ounces prepared mashed potatoes (or refrigerated)
- ½ cup Schär gluten free breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 11x7-inch glass baking dish.
- Combine the artichokes, spinach, yogurt, feta, olives, chives, and seasoning in a large bowl.
- Stir in the mashed potatoes and spread in the prepared baking dish.
- Combine the gluten free breadcrumbs, parmesan, and melted butter in a medium bowl.
- Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the casserole.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the casserole is bubbling and the topping browned.
- Cool for 10 minutes before serving hot.
4. Slow-Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Servings: 3 dozen
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup Schär gluten free breadcrumbs
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons garlic herb seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup white vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and place a wire cooling rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
- Grease the cooling rack with cooking spray.
- Combine the beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic, seasoning, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
- Mix well by hand then shape into 1 ½-inch meatballs.
- Place the meatballs on the wire rack and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until cooked through.
- In a large bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, chili sauce, chicken broth, brown sugar, and vinegar.
- Transfer the cooked meatballs to a large slow cooker and pour the sauce over top.
- Cook, covered, on low heat for 3 to 4 hours until the meatballs are cooked through.
5. Oven-Baked Fish and Chips
- 3 medium baking potatoes, peeled
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- ¾ cup Schär gluten free breadcrumbs
- 4 (4 to 6-ounce) cod fillets, boneless
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Cut the potatoes into thick wedges and toss with oil.
- Spread the potatoes on the baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.
- Roast for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, add the gluten free breadcrumbs to a dry skillet and toast over medium-low heat until browned, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer the toasted gluten free breadcrumbs to a shallow bowl.
- Season the fish with salt and pepper then spread the mayonnaise over top.
- Dip the fish in the breadcrumbs to coat the top, pressing down to adhere.
- Place the fish in a greased baking pan and sprinkle any remaining breadcrumbs over top.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the fish just flakes with a fork.
- Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish with shredded parmesan and parsley.
- Serve the baked fish hot with the potato wedges.
These recipes represent just a few of the many ways you can use Schär gluten free breadcrumbs. Try them for yourself or get creative with some of your favorite recipes. You never know – you might just come up with a new family favorite!