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Nov 17, 2011 08:31 AM

Availability of large breadcrumbs to make US-style stuffing

I will be visiting family in London for Xmas. I want to make them US-style stuffing which uses much larger breadcrumbs than what is used for the UK-style stuffing I remember from my childhood. In the US you can buy these large breadcrumbs, which are essentially dried diced chunks of bread, in bags any supermarket. Are they also commonly available in UK supermarkets? Or should I expect to make my own using old bread? Thanks in advance for any feedback!

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  1. I bought some chunky breadcrumbs from Waitrose last year, from their own label range. I think they were ciabatta chunks.

    1. Your family could order ahead from one of the websites that has American products here in the UK. I got Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix one year, and I think Stovetop is also available. You can check out (I think that's right) or The tip about Waitrose is a good one I might check out myself.

      1. You can buy a few different types of stuffing at Partridges on Gloucester Road or Kings Road near Sloane Square. Granted, my aversion to Partridges borders on fanatical but they sell a few things that I sort of need occasionally.

        1. You can buy or make a loaf and cut it up into cubes or tearing it into chunks. Then spread them out on a baking sheet and toast them in the lowest heat your oven has, stirring them around once or twice until they're dry.

          1. They're actually croutons, if that helps.

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            1. re: coll

              IMHO what I am looking for is different to croutons, which are more toasted or baked.