Can you believe that she had never had a pulled pork sandwich before? Isn't that just absurd?!
Now, they have smoked pulled pork sandwiches semi-regularly. The best way to eat pulled pork is with lots of yummy barbecue sauce on a sandwich roll with sesame seeds - delicious. If you serve it with salad and potato wedges, you will be extra happy!
But what happens when you buy a package of eight rolls and only have enough pulled pork for seven sandwiches? When life gives you extra bread, make breadcrumbs!
Heel of bread
Hot dog bun
Stale crackers from party - crackers make EXCELLENT breadcrumbs, FYI.
In other words, whatever you have in the bread family. TFH throws the above items in the freezer until she has enough to make a big batch of breadcrumbs.
1. Thaw anything frozen.
2. Spread on baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.
3. Break into pieces. Toss pieces into food processor or blender and process or blend to desire crumb. If you don't have those, put into a big Ziploc bag and crunch up. That is so fun, BTW, that you might want to just do it that way.
4. You can stop there. Or, you can add spices. FruHo always adds spices because her daddy always used Italian breadcrumbs for everything, and she is a traditionalist. And by traditionalist she means, breacrumbaditionalist. Spice options: pepper (any color), salt, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary (chop finely first), onion powder, garlic powder. Spice requirement: red pepper flakes. No idea why, but this is the one ingredient that never varies. It makes the breadcrumbs slightly spicy and highly delicious.
Another thing to do with old bread is make croutons. Thaw, cut into cubes, mix in a bowl with spices and melted butter, then spread on a baking sheet and bake.
And the cheater's way to make croutons, if you need a small amount of them for Caesar salad or something, is this: Toast two pieces of bread in the toaster. Cut into crouton-esque cubes. Melt butter in a pan over low heat, toss in the bread cubes, and add spices as desired. You could also melt the butter in a microwave (use a coffee cup) and do the rest in a bowl.
A last idea, if you have children or grandkids, is to save your old bread for a while, then thaw it out and go feed some ducks at a park. Whatever you do, don't feed birds at the beach, or you will create a scary swarm of dive-bombing seagulls that poop on your head. Not that The Frugal Hostess has any experience with this.
Don't waste bread, yo.
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