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Pangrattato (garlic crumbs)

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Pangrattato (garlic crumbs)

Side Serves 4 10 min
Pangrattato (literally 'grated bread') is called 'poor man's Parmesan', but it doesn't taste like second best. Toasted in garlic and oil, crispy breadcrumbs add a remarkable taste and texture to dishes.


  • 3-4 fat slices stale bread, crusts removed
  • olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 5 min
  • Step 1

    Blitz the bread in a food processor to coarse crumbs.
  • Step 2

    Warm 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan, add the garlic and stir for a few seconds, then add the breadcrumbs.
  • Step 3

    Fry over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes, until golden and crisp.
  • Step 4

    Remove from the heat. Stir in chilli flakes, lemon zest and salt and pepper, all to taste.

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