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Italian-Style Breadcrumbs

This recipe for Italian-style breadcrumbs can be found in the cookbook "The Young Man and the Sea" by David Pasternack and Ed Levine.

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October Fall 2007


  • 1 loaf Italian bread, torn into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bread pieces on a baking sheet. Bake until bread is dry and crunchy, about 15 minutes. Transfer bread to a food processor and pulse to form fine crumbs; set aside.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until it begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add lemon zest and continue cooking until fragrant, about 30 seconds more. Add breadcrumbs, parsley, and remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil; stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper; remove from heat. Breadcrumbs can be stored in an airtight container until ready to use.

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