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That leftover egg and breadcrumbs?

MazDee May 24, 2010 07:05 PM

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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    smtucker Jul 28, 2010 05:31 PM

    I find the idea of eating the egg after having a raw protein in it fascinating. I have always taken the opposite approach. Crack the egg, whisk with a fork, pour half the egg into a small container, pour as few breadcrumbs as I think I can get away with and then make dinner. The next time I make a quiche, omelette, or scrambled eggs I throw in my extra egg bit.

    Does the egg really get warm enough when making these pancakes to kill something the stuff that lives on chicken and pork?

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    1. re: smtucker
      MazDee Jul 28, 2010 06:04 PM

      Well, you can read the words of a lot of folks who ate this with no ill effects! So, I guess yes, the heat kills the bad stuff.
      I asked the question last May and just now noticed the activity. New ideas! Thanks, folks.

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      Riatta Jul 28, 2010 05:26 PM

      In our house, we mix the egg and breadcrumbs together and fry it like a pattie in oil. Yum!

      1. NYCkaren Jul 28, 2010 01:06 PM

        I thought I was thrifty but you folks have me beat. Flour and crumbs and half a leftover egg are all pretty cheap. I've been tossing them.

        1. The Professor Jul 28, 2010 12:25 PM

          No need to throw it away OR store it...
          My grandma used to combine the eggs and crumbs forming a semi loose batter, and fry up flattened dollops of the stuff in some oil. We'd then enjoy them as a treat, spread with some apricot jam.
          I still do this on those rare occasions when I make breaded/fried foods, and it's still a real treat. Doesn't even matter if the breadcrumgs are plain or seasoned, but at least a bit of salt and black pepper in there is nice and it plays well wih the jam.

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            Michi412 Jul 28, 2010 08:27 AM

            Does anyone know what the leftover egg and breadcrumbs with added parmesan cheese, and formed into patties was called? My mother always made it for us and she had an Italian name for it.

            1. coll May 25, 2010 02:00 AM

              If you added some spinach and cheese, and made into fried patties, you'd have a nice side dish. I make these with fresh ingredients, but now will keep in mind for when I'm breading.

              When I do eggplant parmigiana, I purposely use twice as many eggs for the dip and drizzle the leftover in the middle of the casserole, it puffs up like a souffle. I do add heavy cream and parmesan to it initially.

              1. Emme May 24, 2010 11:36 PM

                depends upon what you're serving obviously, but i've thrown the egg in the pan (beaten with a little milk and seasoning), cooking the egg almost through, then top with bread crumbs and fold over.... you can refrigerate this "omelette" or freeze it and reheat in toaster...

                1. bushwickgirl May 24, 2010 09:30 PM

                  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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                    Missyme May 24, 2010 08:29 PM

                    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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                      roxlet May 24, 2010 09:55 PM

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

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                        Michi412 Jul 28, 2010 08:25 AM

                        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.

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                          rockycat Jul 28, 2010 12:11 PM

                          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.

                      2. Quine May 24, 2010 08:21 PM

                        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. goodhealthgourmet May 24, 2010 07:54 PM

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

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                            MazDee May 24, 2010 08:00 PM

                            Excellent idea! Thank you.

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                              goodhealthgourmet May 24, 2010 08:19 PM

                              happy to help!

                          2. rworange May 24, 2010 07:19 PM

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

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                            1. re: rworange
                              MazDee May 24, 2010 08:00 PM

                              Fish, chicken, oysters come to mind.

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                                rworange May 24, 2010 08:34 PM

                                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.

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                                  Quine May 24, 2010 08:53 PM

                                  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!

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                                    rworange May 24, 2010 09:31 PM

                                    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
                                      Quine May 24, 2010 09:36 PM

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

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