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Regular and Gluten Free Panko – A Pantry Staple


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Panko are Japanese bread crumbs.  A long time secret of Japanese  cuisines, panko is now a pantry staple for creating perfect crispiness in any dish.  Panko is a culinary superstar.  The large flaky crumb has a coarser texture than traditional breadcrumbs and delivers a lighter crunchier coating.  Whether frying, baking or broiling, panko has become the bread crumb of choice in my house.

Panko is made from the soft tender centers of bread, but not all panko is created equally.  Usually with new foods we have to wait to get a kosher certified product.  With panko we did not have to wait long thanks to Chef Jeff Nathan, who brought us kosher panko back in 2004 and his panko is as good as any other on the market.  But Chef Jeff didn’t stop with just panko, he created two flavored varieties, Italian and Fine Herbs.  The flavors are strong so you want to make sure to use them in the appropriate settings, but once you experience how it elevates the basic chicken schnitzel with flavor and texture, you will never want to go back to regular bread crumbs.

Now, this year, Chef Jeff debuts a new panko for gluten free consumers that is also Kosher for Passover.  Made from a mixture of tapioca starch and potatoes, these crumbs are not quite as flaky as the original, but make a very good substitute for those in need of gluten free or to enjoy on Passover.  The crumbs adhered well to the chicken and created a nice crispy crust when fried or baked and that is really what you are looking for when breading your chicken – -especially when you can’t “bread” it at all!

Use panko to coat your next meal, try Panko Crusted Fish Sticks or share some of your favorite panko recipes with us.

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6 Responses to Regular and Gluten Free Panko – A Pantry Staple

  1. Yum! Now I have an excuse to go buy some panko. Never tried it before, and this sounds like a perfect time to try!

  2. We’re really proud of this new Panko, and so happy that you shared it with your readers. It was a big hit at Passover; selling out within the first week. We’re excited that it will now be a year-round product for Gluten Free foodies!

  3. avatar says: Alison

    In Austin your best bet would be HEB Austin…7025 Village Center Drive, Austin TX 78731.

    Additionally, keep an eye out for all the Passover products hitting the stores within the next few weeks during March and April. If you have any trouble locating the Gluten Free Panko, go to our wesite to place an order and we´ll ship it from New York.

    Thanks for your interest! ()

  4. avatar says: Joy laird

    I,m gluten intolerant and need all the help I can get.

  5. avatar says: Ruth Kahn

    Please advise of vendor in Metro Detroit area. Thank you,

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