I got the idea to make this recipe from my sister Yasmin who isn’t a big fan of using breadcrumbs. Fortunately for me, she bought a great quality bag from Eataly to use for her chicken parmigiana recipe, and she happily gave me what was leftover (which was most of the bag). I think breadcrumbs are a fantastic thing to have on hand for anyone looking to pull a quick and easy meal together.
Breadcrumbs add loads of flavor to anything they coat, and they are delightfully simple to work with. Just toss whatever you’re eating – porckhops, chicken thighs, fish fillets – with a little bit of egg or oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, coat with breadcrumbs and cook in an oiled skillet until done. Breadcrumbs go particularly well with lemon juice. For another suggestion on how to use them check out my recipe for breaded hake with peppery lemons.
This recipe was an automatic winner for me also because it includes one of my favorite foods to cook in the winter, the sweet potato. Can I just say, my sweet potato only cost .69 cents from the expensive “gourmet” grocery store down the street, which kind of makes me feel like I’m cheating someone when I eat it. Inexpensive, packed with flavor, AND really good for you? Impossible!