Baking Essentials: Cheez-It Breadcrumbs

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

I like Cheez-It crackers. I make my own, and sometimes bring a bowl into the studio to nosh on while I am working. This recipe; however, is not for crackers, it is for making breadcrumbs, and used for kicking up the flavor of breaded chicken, pork, beef; even seafood. i am shy on photos; however, I made these last evening, and did not decide to publish until the last few steps... My Bad. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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serves Several
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE
  •   1 c
    flour, all-purpose variety
  •   1/2 tsp
    dried turmeric
  •   1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  •   1/2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  •   1/2 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  •   1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  •   3 c
    sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
  •   1 c
    parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  •   1/4 c
    sweet butter, unsalted, room temperature
  •   2 large
    eggs, lightly whipped

How To Make

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    You will need a food processor or mini prep to make this recipe.
  • 3
    If you want to make these into crackers, then reduce all the dry spices from 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoons each.
  • 4
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 5
    Place a rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350f (175c).
  • 6
    Add the dry ingredients to a food processor and give it a few pulses to combine.
  • 7
    Add about a quarter of the eggs, cheese, and butter, then give a few pulses.
  • 8
    Repeat until all the ingredients are combined, and the dough forms into a cohesive ball.
  • 9
    Add a sheet of parchment paper to a baking sheet and spread the dough evenly across the bottom of the sheet.
  • 10
    Toss into the preheated oven and bake for about 10 – 12 minutes.
  • 11
    If you are making these into cracker, then remove them from the oven, cut into squares, and continue with the next step.
  • 12
    Lower the temperature to 325f (165c) and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • 13
    Remove from the oven and allow to cool. They should be crisp and dry.
  • 14
    Break up and toss into a food processor.
  • 15
    Pulse until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  • 16
    Throw into a Ziploc freezer bag and place in the freezer until ready to use.
  • 17
    PLATE/PRESENT
  • 18
    Use when you want to add a bit of cheesy goodness to your breading recipes. Enjoy.
  • 19
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.