Pros: Great sticking ability, extra crisp, browns nicely
Cons: A little pricey
The Xenos love fried foods. We make no apology for it. Whether pan-fried or deep fried, we like it fried and we like it crunchy. And, if you like crunch, you have to love panko bread crumbs.
Panko Bread Crumbs
Panko bread crumbs are Japanese in origin. Unlike most bread crumbs, they are made solely from the white portion of the bread. Larger and more irregular in shape than traditional bread crumbs they stick to foods as if they were glued and their shape allows for them to be more easily infused with the flavors of any herbs and spices they are mixed with.
Until recently, Panko bread crumbs could be difficult to find. If your market stocked them, they might be found in the ethnic food section. But on a recent trip to our Publix supermarket I came upon Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs sitting right alongside their regular and Italian-style crumbs. And, almost predictably, they offer their Panko bread crumbs in regular and Italian seasoned varieties.
Most often when frying things like chicken, fish or shrimp I prefer to use the regular Panko and season it as the dish requires. But, when frying vegetables such as zucchini, I find the Italian seasoning more to my liking.
Use Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs much the same as you would any bread crumb. I generally dredge the food I’m frying in all purpose flour, shake off the excess, dip the item into a wash of beaten egg then coat them with bread crumbs.
From there it’s directly into the fry pan or deep fryer. It’s important to have preheated your oil to between 350F – 400F to assure a good crisp finish with a minimum of oil saturating the meat, fish or veggies.
Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs are sold in 8 oz. packages and sell for around $2.49 a box, making them considerably pricier than ordinary bread crumbs that are usually available in 24 oz. size for that price. But to my mind the results are worth the increased cost.
Your fried foods will come out with a crispiness you’ve seldom experienced and will have a deep golden brown appearance. Lovely!
Fry up some thinly sliced zucchini (1/8th”) spears. After dredging, egging and covering them in bread crumbs, fry for about 1 minute a side. Lay out the fried pieces on brown paper to absorb any excess oil and serve hot with your favorite dip. I prefer any of Bolthouse Farms Yogurt-based dips and dressings chilled. If you’ve ever ordered this dish at Maggiano’s Little Italy, this is as close as you’ll ever get to the original.
If you like it fried and crisp you’re going to love Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs. You might want to double up on the Lipitor though.
Now go cook something good tonight.