I love a simple pantry staple you can make yourself. I usually have a lot of bread heels from the loaves and random pieces of stale bread and this is a great way to use them up. These bread crumbs makes an especially delicious coating on pork chops, chicken or whatever, they're fabulous! And I know some people hate that "green can" of Parmesan but I feel like it works really well with this bread crumb coating, but if you really hate it, feel free to use freshly grated Parmesan in its place.
Italian Bread Crumbs
6 cups bread crumbs**
2 cups grated Parmesan (green can)
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
freshly ground black pepper to taste
scant 3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1 TBSP. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Mix all ingredients together and store in the freezer in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
**To make bread crumbs, pulse stale bread in food processor until crumbs. Then measure out what you need and proceed with the recipe.