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What's for Dinner: Bread for Greatness

Bread crumbs do triple duty in this crunchy menu
Gem Lettuce Salad
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Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

Few things are superior to the aroma of toasted bread. Though popping a slice into the toaster yields one piece of toast, a handful of bread crumbs gives you endless crunchy bites and caramelized flavor to a variety of dishes. Since they can be made ahead of time, you might as well stock up, but start with this dinner menu for a night of toasty goodness.

Appetizer: Gem Lettuce with Crème Fraîche, Breakfast Radishes and Toasted Breadcrumbs
Gem lettuce and sliced radishes are fine on their own, but a Meyer lemon zest-and-bread crumb topping makes them downright addictive. Fresh herbs speckle the creamy dressing, which comes together easily after a whir in the blender.

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② Main Course: Monkfish Schnitzel with Celery Root-Kohlrabi Slaw
A sprinkle of panko gives these pan-fried monkfish fillets a light, crisp coating. Paired with a refreshing kohlrabi-and-celery root slaw (which uses up any extra crème fraîche from the aforementioned salad dressing), this might become your favorite lobster roll alternative.

③ Dessert: Grapefruit Custard Pie with a Saltine Pie Crust
You already know about graham cracker crusts, but now saltines are stealing the spotlight. The citrusy custard for this pie couldn't be simpler: Just whisk everything together then pour the mixture into the prebaked crushed-cracker crust.

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