4 white bread slices (to make 1 cup of fresh panko)
1) Trimm off the crusts of the bread slices.
2) With a food processor, push chunks of bread through the shredding disk to make coarse crumbs.
3) Spread the crumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 300ºF/150ºC for 6 to 8 minutes.
The crumbs should be dry, not toasted and they should not be brown. Shake the sheet twice during baking.
You can flavor your dry or fresh bread crumbs with spices and herbs.
Panko can also be substituted for ordinary bread crumbs as coating food for frying, filling for meatloafs, meatballs and burgers, and as toppings for fish, salads, vegetables, and casserole dishes.