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55 Recipes That Use Up Leftover Bread Crumbs

Lingering breadcrumbs in your pantry? Use them up and make a fantastic dinner by whipping up one of these recipes tonight.

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Baked Buffalo ChickenTaste of Home

Baked Buffalo Chicken

When I make this tangy buffalo chicken breast, I have to double this baked buffalo chicken recipe because it disappears so fast. Better to have leftovers, especially since they make great sandwiches and salads. —Beth Zimmerman, Willingboro, New Jersey

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Shrimp Cakes with Spicy Aioli SauceTaste of Home

Shrimp Cakes with Spicy Aioli Sauce

I made these for our staff Christmas party last year; they were such a hit that I was flooded with requests for the recipe the next day. Throughout the year, whenever I needed favors done at school, people gladly helped as long as I promised to bring them shrimp cakes! This year's Christmas party is coming up, and I'm already being asked if I am bringing the shrimp cakes—I guess I am! —Linda Zilar, Kennewick, Washington

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Greek Potato CasseroleTaste of Home

Greek Potato Casserole

The crunchy golden brown topping and tangy yogurt and feta make this recipe a winner. You can loosen the mixture with a few tablespoons of milk if necessary. —Cheryl Woodson, Liberty, Missouri

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Baked Three-Cheese MacaroniTaste of Home

Baked Three-Cheese Macaroni

Legendary mac and cheese is a must-have for big family events. My ultimate comfort food is a divine blend of cheddar, Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses. —Joan Sullivan, Gambrills, MD

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Slow-Cooker Sweet and Sour MeatballsTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs

My family asks for these saucy meatballs all year long. I like to make them with ground beef in the winter and ground turkey in the spring.—Rachelle Stratton, Rock Springs, Wyoming

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Crumb-Topped Macaroni and CheeseTaste of Home

Crumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese

Everyone loves this grown-up macaroni and cheese. It's also tasty with sharp cheddar and cream cheese instead of Gruyere and mascarpone. Throw in some crispy bacon for a twist. —Jennifer Standing, Taos, New Mexico

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Coconut Chicken and ShrimpTaste of Home

Coconut Chicken and Shrimp

I was looking for a fun, easy weeknight dinner based on our favorite shrimp dish that was healthier than fast food. This has become a favorite! —Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York

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Jalapeno Popper Mexican Street CornTaste of Home

Jalapeno Popper Mexican Street Corn

One of the best things about summer is fresh sweet corn, and this recipe is a definite standout. We love its creamy dressing, crunchy panko coating and spicy jalapeno kick. If you're really feeling wild, sprinkle these with a bit of cooked and crumbled bacon! —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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Spicy Butterscotch WingsTaste of Home

Spicy Butterscotch Wings

We love big-time-spicy chicken wings. I do a caramel sauce to balance the heat, but you could also glaze the wings with melted brown sugar. —Aaron Salazar, Westminster, Colorado

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Tex-Mex Breakfast HaystacksTaste of Home

Tex-Mex Breakfast Haystacks

I love haystacks and wanted to make a fun Tex-Mex version for my family. Adding panko crumbs and cheese to the hash browns before cooking gives them a wonderful golden brown color and crisp texture. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

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Deep-Fried Mac & Cheese ShellsTaste of Home

Deep-Fried Mac & Cheese Shells

I created this deep-friend mac and cheese recipe for my husband, who loves mac & cheese. He describes this recipe as "unbelievably delicious" because of the crispy deep-fried coating and the creamy richness on the inside. —Shirley Rickis, Lady Lake, Florida

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Slow-Cooker Spinach & RiceTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Spinach & Rice

I started making this in the slow cooker to save oven space during the holidays. It's so convenient, I no longer reserve it for special occasions!—Erica Polly, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

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Oven-Fried Fish & ChipsTaste of Home

Oven-Fried Fish & Chips

My baked fish is a shoo-in when you want fish and chips without the frying mess. Dare I say, they're a little upgrade from the English pub classic. Get more of my recipe at cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com. —Reeni Pisano, Wappingers Falls, New York

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Salmon Patties with Lemon-Dill SauceTaste of Home

Salmon Patties with Lemon-Dill Sauce

These cute little patties are a great way to get my whole family to enjoy salmon, even my toddler! And I love the fresh flavor the lemon and dill add. —Brandi Murphy, McMinnville, Tennessee

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Toasted Ravioli PuffsTaste of Home

Toasted Ravioli Puffs

I call toasted ravioli a fan favorite because it disappears faster than I can make it. With just five ingredients, this is how you start the party. —Kathy Morgan, Temecula, California

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Air-Fryer Raspberry Balsamic Smoked Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Raspberry Balsamic Smoked Pork Chops

Air-fryer pork chops are so delicious and so easy to make. My husband loves them. —Lynn Moretti, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Baked Parmesan Breaded SquashTaste of Home

Baked Parmesan Breaded Squash

Baked yellow squash is beautifully crispy. You don’t have to turn the pieces, but do keep an eye on them. — Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas

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Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp and Apricot SauceTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp and Apricot Sauce

Coconut and panko crumbs give this spicy air-fryer shrimp its crunch. It’s perfect for an appetizer or for your main meal. —Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas

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Egg & Asparagus Breakfast CroquettesTaste of Home

Egg & Asparagus Breakfast Croquettes

Trying to come up with something new for breakfast on the run, I decided that this was an interesting way to combine the whole meal. If you want to get fancy, these are extra delicious with hollandaise on top and sprinkled with paprika.—Barb Miller, Oakdale, Minnesota

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Pork Chops with Mushroom Bourbon SauceTaste of Home

Pork Chops with Mushroom Bourbon Sauce

The golden crusted pork chops are accompanied with a rich mushroom sauce. This scrumptious entree is loved by my family and makes a terrific company dish. This is wonderful served with mashed potatoes. —Nadine Mesch, Mount Healthy, Ohio

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Ham & Veggie CasseroleTaste of Home

Ham & Veggie Casserole

I’ve paired ham with broccoli and cauliflower for years. To complete this casserole dinner, I pass around the dinner rolls. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin

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Turkey Sliders with Sweet Potato "Buns"Taste of Home

Turkey Sliders with Sweet Potato "Buns"

In this healthier take on sliders, I sandwich a burger between roasty slices of sweet potato. My wife took one bite and approved these tasty little guys. —Guy Martino, Charleston, South Carolina

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Oven-Fried Green Tomato BLTTaste of Home

Oven-Fried Green Tomato BLT

I've used this cooking method on eggplant slices for years, so I decided to try it on green tomatoes. It worked! Now my family loves them in BLTs. —Jolene Martinelli, Derry, New Hampshire

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Fish & Chips with Dipping SauceTaste of Home

Fish & Chips with Dipping Sauce

My husband and I really like fish and chips, but not all the grease that typically comes along with it. I decided to give the classic dinner a makeover. Turns out the pickle dip is healthier than tartar sauce, and we like it a lot better—who knew? —Michelle Lucas, Cold Spring, Kentucky

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Salsa Bean BurgersTaste of Home

Salsa Bean Burgers

I created these based on a turkey burger recipe and wanted to make them even better for you. Use a favorite salsa with just the heat you like to make it your own. —Jenny Leighty, West Salem, Ohio

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Cheese Fondue Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Cheese Fondue Mac & Cheese

When my husband was a missionary kid in Switzerland, his mom learned to make cheese fondue. I thought of combining that favorite with one of mine—macaroni and cheese!—Kathy Lee, Elk Rapids, Michigan

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Yellow Squash and Zucchini GratinTaste of Home

Yellow Squash and Zucchini Gratin

This gratin is the perfect way to use up an abundance of summer squash. It's easy to prepare, takes just 10 minutes in the oven, and serves up bubbly and delicious. —Jonathan Lawler, Greenfield, Indiana

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Baked Chicken with Bacon-Tomato RelishTaste of Home

Baked Chicken with Bacon-Tomato Relish

We eat a lot of chicken for dinner, so I'm always trying to do something a little different with it. My children love the crispiness of this chicken, and my husband and I love the flavorful relish—you can't go wrong with bacon! —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Garlic-Rosemary Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Garlic-Rosemary Brussels Sprouts

This is my go-to Thanksgiving side dish. It's healthy, easy and it doesn't take very much time to make. I usually include rosemary for my turkey so this lets me use up some of the leftover herbs! —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Smokin'-Philled Chicken BreastsTaste of Home

Smokin'-Philled Chicken Breasts

Combine cream cheese filling, crunchy coating and smoky heat from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to seriously up your chicken dinner game. —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California

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Smothered Turkey CutletsTaste of Home

Smothered Turkey Cutlets

Why have turkey just for Thanksgiving? This is an easy recipe that makes it feel like the holidays any day of the week. —Lisa Keys, Kennet Square, Pennsylvania

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Chicken FriesTaste of Home

Chicken Fries

Kid-friendly and quick, these crunchy oven-baked chicken fries are coated with a mixture of crushed potato chips, panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip them in ranch dressing, barbecue sauce or honey-mustard sauce.—Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

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Sweet Potato & Chorizo CroquettesTaste of Home

Sweet Potato & Chorizo Croquettes

Chorizo and paprika add smokiness to these crispy bites. For a harvest party, make them into little pumpkins using pretzel sticks and cilantro leaves.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Air-Fryer PicklesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Pickles

Like deep-fried pickles? You’ll love this version even more. Dill pickle slices are coated with panko bread crumbs and spices, then air-fried until crispy. Dip them in ranch dressing for an appetizer you won’t soon forget. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

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Crispy Dill TilapiaTaste of Home

Crispy Dill Tilapia

Every week I try to serve a new healthy fish. With its fresh dill and delicious panko bread crumb herb crust, this dish with mild tilapia is a winner. —Tamara Huron, New Market, Alabama

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Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli CasseroleTaste of Home

Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Casserole

People who don’t even usually like broccoli casserole beg me to make this comforting broccoli cheese casserole recipe. It's similar to a classic green bean casserole, but the melted cheese just puts it over the top. —Elaine Hubbard, Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania

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Crispy Baked Zucchini FriesTaste of Home

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

I coat zucchini strips with a mixture of panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and spices, then bake them until they're crispy and golden brown. Delicious!—Matthew Hass, Franklin, Wisconsin

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Shrimp Po'Boys with Pineapple SlawTaste of Home

Shrimp Po'Boys with Pineapple Slaw

This twist on the traditional po'boy sandwich adds flavor and veggies while reducing fat and calories. For a smoked flavor, grill the shrimp. For a lower-carb option, serve the po'boy open-faced on a baguette half. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Buffalo Blue Cheese Meat LoafTaste of Home

Buffalo Blue Cheese Meat Loaf

I made meat loaf with wing sauce for my guy, who prefers food with big flavors. He went crazy for it, and now likes it even more than traditional Buffalo wings! —Latesha Harris, Beaverton, Oregon

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Spicy Chicken and Bacon MacTaste of Home

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Mac

I've been working to perfect a creamy, spicy mac and cheese for years. After adding smoky bacon, chicken, jalapenos and spicy cheese, this is the ultimate! I use rotisserie chicken and precooked bacon when I'm pressed for time. —Sarah Gilbert, Aloha, Oregon

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Everything Bagel Chicken StripsTaste of Home

Everything Bagel Chicken Strips

I love the flavor profile of everything bagels, so I re-created it with traditional breaded chicken fingers. Serve them with your favorite chicken finger dip. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

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Tex-Mex Chicken StripsTaste of Home

Tex-Mex Chicken Strips

I was looking for a way to amp up the flavor of regular chicken strips so I crushed up some leftover corn chips to create a crispy, flavorful coating. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

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Bang Bang Shrimp Cake SlidersTaste of Home

Bang Bang Shrimp Cake Sliders

My family loves these shrimp sliders. The bang bang slaw dressing and shrimp cake patties can be made ahead. When ready to serve, toss the cabbage slaw and sear the shrimp cakes, then assemble and enjoy. —Kim Banick, Salem Oregon

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Air-Fryer Everything Bagel Chicken StripsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Everything Bagel Chicken Strips

I love the flavor profile of everything bagels, so I re-created it with traditional breaded chicken fingers. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

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Crispy Almond TilapiaTaste of Home

Crispy Almond Tilapia

Since changing to a healthier style of cooking, I’ve come up with new coatings for baked fish. I use almonds, panko bread crumbs and a smidge of hot sauce to add crunchy texture with nice heat. —Amanda Flinner, Beaver, Pennsylvania

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Crispy Pork Tenderloin SandwichesTaste of Home

Crispy Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

This breaded tenderloin rekindles memories of a sandwich shop in my Ohio hometown. Even though I've moved away, I'm happy to say my family can still enjoy them thanks to this recipe. —Erin Fitch, Sherrills Ford, North Carolina

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Crunchy Honey-Glazed Butternut SquashTaste of Home

Crunchy Honey-Glazed Butternut Squash

I'm now required to bring this to every family gathering during the holidays because it's so awesome! Why not start a new tradition for your family? —Sarah Farmer, Culinary Director, Taste of Home

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Zingy Baked Chicken NuggetsTaste of Home

Zingy Baked Chicken Nuggets

These crispy chicken nuggets have just the right amount of spice. Yogurt makes them extra tender. —Lee Evans, Queen Creek, Arizona

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Cauliflower Dill KugelTaste of Home

Cauliflower Dill Kugel

I enjoy cauliflower and kugel, so it made sense to combine the two into one special dish. The ricotta cheese adds a distinctive creaminess and lightness. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

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Parmesan Chicken with Lemon RiceTaste of Home

Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Rice

I like the challenge of inventing recipes with ingredients I have on hand. This easy-peasy meal fits the bill. —Colleen Doucette, Truro, Nova Scotia

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Broccoli Tuna CasseroleTaste of Home

Broccoli Tuna Casserole

When I was in the Navy, a co-worker's wife shared this recipe with me. I’ve tweaked it over the years, but it still brings back memories of my "family" away from home. —Yvonne Cook, Haskins, Ohio

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Pecan-Crusted Chicken NuggetsTaste of Home

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

I loved chicken nuggets as a child. This baked version is healthier than the original, and it's a great meal for kids. — Haili Carroll, Valencia, California

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Turkey Sliders with Sesame SlawTaste of Home

Turkey Sliders with Sesame Slaw

I'm a fan of sliders, especially if they are Asian inspired. Sweet Hawaiian rolls make them especially tasty. —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois

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Tempting Pork Tenderloin BurgersTaste of Home

Tempting Pork Tenderloin Burgers

Pork tenderloin is a family favorite at my house. I’m always looking for new ways to cook it, so I came up with this burger recipe for an easy weeknight dinner. Chopped prunes, dried figs or dried blueberries can be substituted for the dried cranberries with great success! —Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska

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Grilled Italian Turkey BurgersTaste of Home

Grilled Italian Turkey Burgers

These turkey burgers are awesome at a cookout, especially if you're trying to eat healthy. Try topping them with a little marinara or steak sauce. So good. —Darla Andrews, Lewisville, Texas

 

Sue Stetzel
Sue has been part of the Taste of Home family for over 16 years. Her collection of magazines dates back to the premier issue in 1993. When she isn’t writing, she’s answer your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Volunteer Field Editors.

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