Well, hello there. I’m back from a family wedding and much-needed vacation in California. I hope this past week has been good to you.
As I mentioned in my last post, I have some recipes to share featuring Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs. (I promise not to bombard you with them all in a row.)
These Green Beans with Bread Crumbs are one of my favorite side dishes that Mom makes. Green beans are cooked until almost done (by boiling or microwaving), and then sautéed briefly with melted butter and cheesy Italian bread crumbs. I’m pretty sure if you looked up veggie comfort food, you’d find a picture of these green beans. I could make a meal out of them and not miss a thing….
I’ve been meaning to talk about bread crumbs for a while now. They really do deserve their own post, since they’re an important part of Italian cooking. Today I’m sharing a recipe for homemade Italian bread crumbs, as well as a few methods you can use to make them. But first, some background on why I’m not using store-bought bread crumbs anymore.
Strangely enough, I can mark the phases of my life by the kind of bread crumbs I’ve consumed. There was the “growing-up stage” with only Mom’s or my aunts’ delicious, homemade Italian bread crumbs. There was the “new wife and mother stage” of being a novice cook while juggling part-time work and deciding that store-bought bread crumbs were good enough, and who really cares? There was the “full-time working mother stage” of relying on convenience, despite being an experienced cook and missing homemade bread crumbs’ superb taste and texture….