Gluten Free Breading Help will get you excited about making crispy chicken strips, schnitzel, breaded fish, calamari and more. You can make them all gluten free and you’ve got lots of options. Dig in!
To make delicious gluten free breading you simply need an open mind and a willingness to try new things. In this post I’m sharing tips to help you find and make all the gluten free breading recipes you want.
After the initial shock that you can’t eat gluten it’s natural to think of all the breaded foods you enjoyed in the past. It’s also natural to think they all have wheat filled breadcrumbs and they’re now off limits.
Think again because that is simply not true.
Store Bought vs Homemade
Even if you’re not new to gluten free there are always new products available and the amount of choice we have is overwhelming. Just keep going, one ingredient and one recipe at a time. Find the people sharing the information you want and keep cooking.
Here’s what I learned about store bought gluten free breadcrumbs:
- At some point you’ll likely buy some breadcrumbs you don’t like. Use them up and keep trying.
- Some packages of breadcrumbs are things you already have in your pantry. (I once bought breadcrumbs, because of the certified gluten free label, only to discover the ingredients were cornmeal and sugar.)
- Any breading can be used on anything so try it and pay attention to what you like.
Of course you can make anything you can buy. Smart gluten free cooks save leftover ends of bread or single buns in an airtight container in the freezer and make them into crumbs every once in awhile.
I like to buy hot dog buns to make my Vietnamese Subs, but they're a little too large for my liking. My trick is to slice a whole piece from the middle of each bun. They go into my 'BREADCRUMB' container in the freezer.
Leftover piece like this are great for the crouton on top of French Onion Soup, as a crostini for bruschetta or if neither of those things happened, just make breadcrumbs. When you pay good money for gluten free baked goods you want to use every bit of it so don’t let them sit in your freezer too long.
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Panko breadcrumbs are made with crustless bread using a specific process to create a flaky crumb compared to the typical finely crushed breadcrumbs. The flakiness of Panko breadcrumbs results is the absorption of less grease than regular breadcrumbs creating a lighter, crispier coating or a crunchier topping.
You can learn to make panko with gluten free bread but here are three brands you can buy:
This is the Go-To breading recipe in my house that uses store bought gluten free cornflake cereal. I like to make more than I need so I always have some in my pantry. In the specific post, Breaded Pork Chops, I give more tips and tricks of how to get the breading to stick to the meat, what makes it crispy and even some seasoning variations so you can mix it up.
This breading is perfect to make breaded chicken strips, pork chops or pork schnitzel. By adding Parmesan cheese, and some herbs if you like, you can also make the Italian breaded cutlet called Veal (or Eggplant) Parmigiana.
Beyond Bread for Breading: Cornmeal, Nuts, Coconut and More
Breadcrumbs, actual crumbs from bread, are not the only choice for creating the breaded dishes you miss. In the recipes you see in this post I’ve used cereal, cornmeal, corn flour, nuts and coconut. For seasoning I've added lemon zest, sesame seeds, dried and fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese but this is just the beginning.
I'd love to hear about your experience and your creations in the comments below.
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