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Toasted panko ice cream sundaes? Sure. Plus schnitzel, salads, pastas and such a lot of extra recipes which can be coming in grab as this pandemic wears on.

I am uninterested in my cooking. 

I imply, certain, I am additionally drained of cooking, however I am particularly tired of my genre of cooking, my flavors, my textures, my blah-blah-blah. It looks like going to the similar eating place 5 nights every week for the ultimate seven months. What number of extra soba-noodle bowls and Rapid Pot chilies can one relatives devour?

I believe myself a tight prepare dinner. I have been doing it since I used to be slightly child. I have cooked in eating places and for catering corporations. I know how to layer flavors,  appreciate substances. 


Even the private wells occasionally run dry. And if they do not, you’ll best drink smartly water for goodbye earlier than you get started yearning one thing (anything else!) else — or die of dysentery. 

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Butter-toasted panko breadcrumbs make ev-er-y-thing better, including a simple banana split.

Butter-toasted panko breadcrumbs make ev-er-y-thing higher, together with a easy banana cut up. (Photograph: Annabelle Tometich/The Information-Press USA TODAY Community – Florida)

It is this pandemic mindset that made me have a look at a bowl of toasted panko breadcrumbs with a lusty eye. I would made them to peak an differently easy batch of stove-top macaroni and cheese. I toasted them in a pan with butter, taking them from faded blonde to golden and nutty in only a few mins. As a substitute of sprinkling them over peak the macaroni, the place they might quickly cross soggy, I plated scoops of the pasta, then showered them within the toasted panko simply earlier than consuming. The easy, buttery crunch took the dish from ho-hum to holy moly what else can I do with this magic?

Solution: ANYTHING. 

They are saying butter makes the whole thing higher, and OK tremendous, however butter-toasted panko breadcrumbs really make ev-er-y-thing a minimum of 6,00zero instances extra scrumptious. That is science (I am kidding, please think about exact science). And it is some distance more uncomplicated to toast panko at the range than it’s to bread issues and fry them, as a result of eww gross such a lot cleanup. 

Feast your eyes on the carbonara garlic mac & cheese. It has bacon, white cheddar cheese sauce, parmesan and red pepper panko crumbs.

Dinner party your eyes at the carbonara garlic mac & cheese. It has bacon, white cheddar cheese sauce, parmesan and purple pepper panko crumbs. (Photograph: David Nguyen/Disneyland Hotel)

The wonderful thing about panko is in its mild, flaky crunch. Those crust-less, vegan pleasant breadcrumbs have Eastern roots, and feature turn out to be a staple of U.S. supermarkets. I discovered an array of panko choices at my Publix: simple panko, seasoned panko, gluten-free simple panko, gluten-free seasoned panko. 

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A couple of dinners later, I toasted up extra panko breadcrumbs for a quickie model of schnitzel that required no pounding, no exhausting dry-wet-dry breading setup, and no spatters of grease burning my forearms and speckling each and every floor of my kitchen. When’s the ultimate time you made schnitzel? 1924? This model got here in combination in mins, with so little or no cleanup. 

At Fratello's Restaurant in Sea Girt, oysters gratinee are topped with panko, Chardonnay and lemon beurre blanc.

At Fratello’s Eating place in Sea Girt, oysters gratinee are crowned with panko, Chardonnay and lemon beurre blanc. (Photograph: COURTESY OF PAOLO ARCEO/FRATELLO’S)

I have sprinkled toasted panko on salads (hi teeny-tiny croutons) and bowls of that Rapid Pot chili I stay on rotation. It is glorious over steamed/grilled greens. It is the easiest addition to a easy piece of sauteed fish. 

However the holy grail of toasted panko: ice cream sundaes. 



Recall to mind it as a reverse-engineered cobbler, or a fast shortcake with crunch. You’ll be able to make your sundae as fancy as you prefer: heat up some Nutella; slice bananas; cube strawberries; whip in combination a caramel sauce. 

Or do none of that. Merely scoop a chunk of ice cream from the carton, sprinkle the toasted panko over peak, and devour. Why hassle dirtying a bowl? Positive, I am uninterested in my cooking. However I’m completely ill of doing dishes. 

Toasted panko is right here to save lots of us from our pandemic-induced kitchen madness. Let’s include it with open hands — and those simple recipes. 

Toasted panko breadcrumbs

I want simple, unseasoned panko for all programs. For candy dishes, beginning with simple panko is very important; it might then be zhuzhed up with cinnamon, allspice, or stay it easy and depart it simple. For savory makes use of, be happy to season the panko because it toasts, with salt, pepper, chili powder, granulated garlic, and so forth.  

Toasted panko breacrumbs are here to save us from 2020.

Toasted panko breacrumbs are right here to save lots of us from 2020. (Photograph: Annabelle Tometich/The Information-Press USA TODAY Community – Florida)


2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions: Warmth a big saute pan over medium warmth. Upload butter or oil. As soon as the butter begins to sizzle, or the oil is shimmering, upload breadcrumbs. Stir to entirely incorporate the fats, then proceed stirring because the panko starts to toast. This isn’t a time to stroll away or get sucked down a social-media rabbit hollow. Unattended panko will burn, and as soon as burned you’re going to be pressured to start out once more.

Proceed stirring till the breadcrumbs have long past from faded to golden-toasty, about Four-Five mins. You’ll be able to take them to a deep, wealthy umber, which makes them particularly nutty, or stay them a lighter brown, as much as you. Take away pan from warmth. Serve in an instant or retailer in an air-tight container in a fab, dry position for 1-2 days. 

Servings: This makes sufficient for one family-sized batch of macaroni and cheese, or Four-Five sundaes. I allot roughly ⅛-¼ cup toasted panko in line with serving. 

One-pot mac and cheese with toasted panko

Pssst! Over right here, within the shameful-moms-confessional nook: You’ll be able to do that with blue-box macaroni and cheese. And I may not inform any person. 


2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

Three cups water

Four cups milk

1 pound raw pasta (I am a sucker for standard elbows or curly cavatappi)

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon flooring mustard

Four-Five cups shredded cheddar/Monterey Jack (or any mix you like)

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano

1 cup toasted panko breadcrumbs

Instructions: Soften butter in a big stockpot over medium-high warmth. Upload flour and stir till mixed. Prepare dinner for 1 minute, stirring once in a while. Pour in 1 cup of the water and whisk till the combination is clean and begins to thicken. Slowly pour in the remainder water and milk, stirring till mixed.

Stir in raw pasta, salt, garlic powder and mustard. Proceed cooking, stirring once in a while, till the combination reaches a simmer. Cut back warmth to medium-low to take care of a low simmer. Prepare dinner, stirring once in a while, for Nine-10 mins or till the pasta is al dente. Watch out to not overcook it. 

Take away pot from warmth and stir within the cheeses till melted. Style and season as wanted. Whilst the pasta remains to be scorching and gooey, scoop out servings and end with a beneficiant smattering of toasted panko simply earlier than consuming. I love to go away a bowl of panko at the desk, for persevered sprinkling. 

Servings: 6 to eight

Recipe tailored from

Quickie ‘schnitzel’ with sauerkraut tagliatelle

All of the luscious crunch of schnitzel, so little or no of the paintings and cleanup. 

Toasted panko makes for a simple, easy schnitzel-style chicken with pasta and red-cabbage sauerkraut.

Toasted panko makes for a easy, simple schnitzel-style rooster with pasta and red-cabbage sauerkraut. (Photograph: Annabelle Tometich/The Information-Press USA TODAY Community – Florida)


2-Three kilos rooster breasts

olive oil

salt, pepper and garlic powder to style

1 pound tagliatelle pasta

Three cloves garlic, minced

¼ purple cabbage, cored and shaved or thinly sliced

½ cup vinegar (I want apple cider or purple wine)

1 teaspoon paprika (you probably have smoked paprika, the entire merrier)

Salt and pepper (if you are the type of one that helps to keep caraway seeds deep to your spice cupboard, unlock the ones dangerous boys and toss in a teaspoon)

1 cup toasted panko breadcrumbs

Chopped flat-leaf parsley, grated Parmesan, chili flakes for garnish

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 and line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil (to save lots of your self a dish/shred of sanity). Layer on rooster breasts, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake for 22-30 mins, relying on thickness, or till a meat thermometer inserted to the thickest a part of every breast reads 165. Take away from oven and slice. 

Because the rooster is baking, boil the pasta in line with package deal instructions. Drain, drizzle with olive oil to lend a hand save you sticking, and put aside. 

For the sauerkraut, because the rooster is baking and the pasta is boiling (you’ll juggle this! I imagine in you!), warmth a big saute pan over medium-high. Upload olive oil and minced garlic, cooking simply till aromatic and flippantly brown, 1-2 mins. Upload cabbage, vinegar and seasonings. Prepare dinner till cabbage is smooth, about Eight-10 mins. Style and regulate seasoning as wanted. 

Upload cooked pasta to the pan with the sauteed cabbage and toss to mix. Style once more, adjusting seasonings and olive oil/vinegar accordingly. Layer the sliced rooster breasts over peak the pasta and cabbage. Sprinkle the whole thing in toasted panko breadcrumbs (chopped flat-leaf parsley is a ideal addition, must you have got some).

Serve in an instant with grated Parmesan and chili flakes for not obligatory garnishes. 

Servings: Four to five

Toasted panko banana cut up

1-2 tablespoons Nutella (to make it heat and gooey, pop it in a microwave-safe dish and nuke for 10-15 seconds)

1 banana, minimize in part lengthwise

2-Three scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, sea-salt caramel; cross loopy)

¼ cup toasted panko breadcrumbs

Instructions: You almost certainly do not want any, however I love to begin with the Nutella as one of those glue to stay the banana in position. Layer within the ice cream, sprinkle at the toasted panko and devour up. Or cross wild with strawberries, sprinkles, caramel sauce, and so forth. The sink-ful of dishes you’ll be able to be caught cleansing later are your prohibit! 

Annabelle Tometich writes about meals and eating places for The Information-Press and Naples Day-to-day Information. E-mail this reporter together with your panko (or non-panko) questions at, or attach together with her as @abellewrites on Instagram. 


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