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May 24, 2010 07:05 PM

That leftover egg and breadcrumbs?

Every time I do the flour, egg, breadcrumb routine, I end up with beaten egg, breadcrumbs and flour that I throw out. I am a thrifty type, and would like to know if there is some use for this stuff. Do you throw it out, or use it some way?

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  1. Depends on what you are doing with it. Are you dipping fish in eggs then breadcrubs?

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    1. re: rworange

      Fish, chicken, oysters come to mind.

      1. re: MazDee

        Ok, I asked because of the possible cross-contamination issue. You don't want to have this stuff hanging around in the fridge breeding cooties or something.

        Anyway, the meatloaf suggestion was a good one from goodhealtgourmet. Anything of that sort, hamburgers, meatballs.

        You might just check out what is in your frind veggie-wise and use to breadcrumb it and serve it with the main cours ... like somer squahsh, fried tomatoes, with chicken.

        For seafood, with a can of crab, you could make crabcake.

        1. re: rworange

          OK so maybe when you cost it out, you have 10-100 cents of left-over perhaps cross contaminated *stuff*. Let's mix this with a $5 can of crab! Yeah that's thrifty! But wait, since you weren't planning to have that crabcake, can you now freeze it?!? let's see energy costs of freezing, storage materials and TaDa! what do I make with leftover crabcakes I made because I had leftover egg and breadcrumb? Cha-Ching! Cha-Ching!

          1. re: Quine

            OK, then croquettes or patties. You can use canned tuna or salmon and I seen no reason they can't be frozen.

            Mac and cheese patties ... if you also have soe leftover mac and cheese

            Rice and bacon patties

            The croquette possibilites are endless and good to use up whatever else you have leftover

            Leftover pho ... pho croquetes

            I include this only for inspiration ... croquettes are a great way use use up leftover herbs and bits of onions and such

            Fried bowtie pasta?

            There's always mixing it into the dog or cat food if you have a pet.

            Why be wastefull?

            1. re: rworange

              Compost!!!!! That's the ticket! For those who cannot waste a tiny food crap!. bake it into bird biscuits! Wild birds will love it!

              1. re: Quine

                I compost. It's great for the garden -- essential for my adobe clay -- and it also, as you point out, stops the guilt in its tracks when there's a little something left over or something that went past its prime.

                I absolutely applaud thrift and invention but food -- if we can afford it -- should be a pleasure not a sentence.

    2. i guess you could plan to make meat loaf at the same time and use it as a binder....

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      1. What we did growing up, since breading stuff was such a *cool* kid thing to help Mom with, was to make tiny patties of the leftovers and giggle and snack on them, cooked of course. Now I realize it helped Mom gauge the temp of the pan, and made something special of a throw a way.

        Depending on your lifestyle, a tad of leftover egg and breadcrumb is pretty minimal,toss it. You will ultimately spend much more in the long run "being thrifty" with it. If you are constantly having alot of leftovers, then you can get thrifty knowing you start with too much and cut back.

        1. I have fond memories of my grandmother mixing the egg and crumbs together, seasoning it, and frying it to make pancakes for us kids. We thought it was the best part of the meal!

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          1. re: Missyme

            My mother would do the same thing. Frugal days...

            1. re: Missyme

              My mother used to have a name for this concoction........sounded like "Beeshaloava". I have no idea how to spell it. Must have been an Italian name for it. Did your grandmother have a name for it? We used to fight for a piece of it, it was so tasty, as she added grated cheese to it . I still make it today for my family when I bread chicken cutlets.

              1. re: Michi412

                We just call it "The Patty" or "The Thing." My breadcrumb coatings usually have a good bit of parmesan cheese in them so they're already highly flavored. I picked up the habit from The Spouse who must have picked it up from the MIL.

                And if nobody's interested in The Thing I just toss it in compost.

                1. re: Michi412

                  my grandmother called them pogachos. i have no idea where that name came from.
                  She also made something called suffalotties.
                  It is a mixture of German knockwurst cut in chunks and soaked in a vinegar mixture with tomatoes, green peppers, onion, maybe some cukes, i'm not sure. it was a cold summer salad. She put it in one of those savory roasters to soak for i have no idea how long before serving. But, it was really good, all those summer garden foods put together.YUM GRAMMA

              2. I have the same dilemma sometimes, and hate to dump the stuff, but I always toss the remaining egg, or scramble it for my cats. If I have leftover breading items in any saveable quantity, I put it into containers and store in the freezer. I've wittled down the amount I use, and add to it if I need, rather than start with a large quantity, so there's not usually much left over. Start with a smaller quantity and see if that cuts back on waste, if you haven't already.

                About the only thing I bread to fry these days is eggplant or other vegetables and the occasional chicken breasts or shrimp, at which point I dump the breading to avoid the cross-contam issue, and try not to feel guilty.

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                1. re: bushwickgirl

                  Mom mixed the crumbs and egg together and fried it in the grease from the pork chops. It was only a couple of mouthfuls since she didn't beat more egg than she'd need. Either of us would eat it on the spot, but once we got a dog, it became HER treat.