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panko as breadcrumb for leg of lamb?

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hausfrau Dec 21, 2004 10:07 AM

I'm planning on making a roast leg of lamb for Christmas, and I was wondering if panko would be a good style of breadcrumb. So many people have extolled the virtues of panko; however, having never worked with it, I'm a bit fearful. My impression is that it is crunchy, which wouldn't work, but maybe I'm wrong! Thanks for your input, and Happy Holidays!

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    Pat Hammond RE: hausfrau Dec 21, 2004 10:14 AM

    I love Panko, but have used it only for a breading when deep frying. For that purpose, it's the best.

    For an important meal, with an expensive leg of lamb, I don't think I'd depart from the original recipe. Just my opinion, of course!

    It sounds like a festive Christmas meal. Happy Holidays!

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      Carb Lover RE: Pat Hammond Dec 21, 2004 12:04 PM

      I agree. Love panko myself but wouldn't use it for leg of lamb. I like the store-bought crumbs, dijon mustard, and rosemary combo best.

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      Frank RE: hausfrau Dec 21, 2004 12:47 PM

      Dear hausfrau,

      I'd make my own crumbs. I always thought panko was too one dimensional.

      Best,

      Frank
      Southern CT

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        hausfrau RE: hausfrau Dec 21, 2004 02:06 PM

        thanks for the responses. i spoke to a japanese friend of mine who looked at me like i was insane and said "um, panko is used for TEMPURA, idiot!" so yeah, i'll be making my own breadcrumbs.

        best wishes for a happy new year, hounds!

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          CK RE: hausfrau Dec 21, 2004 04:45 PM

          I used panko as a coating for a rack of lamb and it turned out too crunchy and parts of it easily burned. Panko is best for what is was originally intended for... Tenkatsu & tempura.

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