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Nana’s Personal Favorite Old Recipe | Grandmother’s Fried Bread Filling

(This is actually my grandmother’s story, about her favorite dish from her own grandmother’s kitchen. She wrote it down in a self-published cookbook she called “Cooking is Cleo’s Love.”)

As a child I loved to visit my grandparents, especially if I could stay for a meal. My grandfather was a blacksmith, therefore, the meals were hearty–the stick-to-the-ribs type. I enjoyed being there when my grandmother served Fried Bread Filling. As a matter of fact, if I could do it without being noticed, I ate nothing else. Naturally, this is one of my favorite old recipes and I still serve it in place of potatoes, rice, noodles, etc.

Grandmother's Fried Bread Filling


  • 1 lg loaf fresh bread
  • 1 c chopped onion
  • 1 c chopped celery
  • 1 c chopped parsley
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c milk
  • 1/2 tsp saffron boiled for 2 min in 1/2 c water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 lb butter or margarine


  1. Cut each slice of bread into approx 16 cubes
  2. Place bread, raw onions, celery and parsley in large container
  3. Beat eggs very well (either with an electric mixer or blender)
  4. Add milk, saffron and water, salt, and pepper to the eggs and continue to mix until thoroughly blended
  5. Pour liquid ingredients over bread mixture and blend well (the old-fashioned method using the hands seems to work best)
  6. Mixture should be quite moist
  7. Melt butter in large frying pan
  8. Pour in bread mixture and fry, slowly, turning frequently for 30-40 min

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