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Mar 21, 2007 06:39 AM

How do you butter breadcrumbs?

Sorry if this is a dumb question but if a recipe says to top a casserole with buttered breadcrumbs, what do you do? TIA

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  1. I melt a couple tablespoons of butter and toss the breadcrumbs in the melted butter.

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    1. re: TonyO

      That's the ticket. Just stir them around in the pan until the butter's distributed evenly. I like to keep tightly closed jars of buttered crumbs of various kinds (including seasoned and with grated parmesan) in the fridge - the butter helps to keep them from going stale quickly, and if I'm throwing together a vegetable gratin or a quick mac-and-cheese it's awful handy to just open a jar and scatter appropriate crumbs over the top.

      1. If the casserole has yet to be baked, however, I like to whiz my breadcrumbs in the food processor and toss in a pat or two of butter while they're whirring around. That way, you don't get overbrowned crumbs on the finished casserole and the butter melts in the oven.