My fellow classmate made this recipe and she substituted little croutons for bread crumbs, Chef was not impressed and neither was I. The bread crumbs made for a much nicer presentation. We had some of the mixture left over and we were more than happy to get rid of it (mid day class snack!). The mixture was awesome and would be great for a omelet mix (without the bread) and etc. So good! This was also the first time I had eaten clams, not bad. I think the bread mixture on top helped. And suggest as a first encounter for anyone who is a first timer with clams like me.