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    need a gluten-free substitute for bread crumbs in meatballs

    Mrs J B
    Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:57 pm
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    Help! Middle Daughter can't eat the family favorite, Grandma Lee's Meatball Soup (recipe 408864) because she has recently developed issues with gluten. What can I substitute for filler to hold the meatballs together? I saw something called "rice crumbs" on this site's Gluten free list of ingredients. What are those, and do they work for meatballs?
    **Jubes**
    Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:46 pm
    Forum Host
    You can buy "rice crumbs' or gluten-free bread crumbs to use in place of the regular wheat variety dried bread crumbs. In Australia we find these products in our health food aisles of supermarkets.

    If fresh bread crumbs are used- you could use gluten-free bread crumbs. Just use a purchased gf bread and whizz it in your food processor. I use stale left-over bread for this purpose and extra crumbs can be bagged and frozen.

    You can make your own seasoned dried crumbs too. Use the whizzed fresh breadcumbs, add dried herbs or seasonings of your choice. Spread out on a baking tray and bake until dried. Just keep an eye on them for 'doneness'. Extra breadcrumbs can be stored in an airtight container.

    I also add cooked rice and egg as binders- instead of the crumbs. Or you could use a gluten-free flour too

    Hope this helps

    Julie
    Mrs J B
    Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:30 am
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    Found the gluten-free bread crumbs, and Youngest Daughter made a particularly good batch of meatball soup. Thanks, and also thanks for the other ideas.
    **Jubes**
    Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:52 am
    Forum Host
    wave.gif Hi Mrs J B

    Great that you have found the gf breadcrumbs and that they worked out for you icon_biggrin.gif

    Hope we see you again in the forum.

    -Julie
    Cathey56
    Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:30 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I've found a great binder in meatballs, meatloaf, salmon cakes and crab cakes is Cracker crumbs. I like Schar brand, sometimes the breadcrumb are just too dry and the crackers give a lighter texture and better flavor then the bread crumbs.
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