The Key to Super Crunchy Casserole Toppings Is Easier Than You Realize
- 2 tablespoons butter (for nondairy, try Miyoko’s Creamery Cultured Vegan Butter)
- 4 ounces Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet (or a saucepan in a pinch — you’ll just have to stir more).
Add the panko breadcrumbs and seasonings. Stir to coat all the crumbs with melted butter.
Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the crumbs are a very light golden color and have a toasted flavor.
When your casserole is done cooking, cover the top with your toasted panko breadcrumbs. Set the casserole under the broiler and broil, watching very carefully, until the crumbs are a deep golden brown, being careful not to let them burn. This should take just a couple of minutes.