Toasted Bread Crumbs with Cracked Black Pepper

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated May/June 1995

For crispy bread crumbs that add flavor and texture, cut stale bakery French bread into pieces the size of black beans and bake in a 325-degree oven.

SERVES 4 to 6 (Makes 1 cup)

TIME 35 minutes

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

In search of the best bread-crumb recipe, we found that the best crumb is made from good-quality bread that has no strong flavors, such as a leftover plain or sourdough baguette from your local bakery. Bread that was two to three days old w...

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