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Migas de pastor – Traditional recipe step by step!

23 mayo, 2021

The migas constitute a plate of pastoral origins in the gastronomy of Castilla la Mancha. It is suspected that its origin could go back to the time of the Roman Empire, although it has evolved throughout history and going through different stages. Currently, it is a dish that is made with very humble ingredients, which during the years in which food has been scarce has served to feed many families because it is very consistent.

We want that in RecetasGratis you have the opportunity to get to know the typical gastronomy of La Mancha and see how rich these simple crumbs are without the need for many ingredients. Keep reading and discover with us how to make easy and traditional shepherd’s crumbs.

3 diners
1h 30m
Main dish
Low difficulty

Additional characteristics:
Cheap Cost, Popular in Fall-Winter, Sauteed, Spanish Recipes

Ingredients to make Migas de pastor:

How to make Migas de pastor:


Crumble the bread by hand or with a serrated knife. Try not to let the bread fall apart, just make small pieces and reserve them in a container.

Shepherd's Migas Recipe - Step 1


Add a point of salt to the freshly sliced ​​bread, stir so that it is distributed throughout and moisten the bread adding water little by little. Stir with your hands and do not leave it totally soaked, you just have to moisten it.

Shepherd's Migas Recipe - Step 2


Cut the bacon and chorizo into small pieces and slice the garlic cloves. You can add more of these ingredients to your shepherd’s crumbs, everything will depend on the number of diners. Prepare a large, deep frying pan with olive oil to heat it up.

Shepherd's Migas Recipe - Step 3


Sauté the garlic slices a little and when they take a golden color add the pieces of meat. Cook over low heat for a period of 4 minutes without stopping stirring to prevent these ingredients from being too toasted.

Shepherd's Migas Recipe - Step 4


After 4 minutes, add the bread and keep stirring with a wooden spoon or a utensil that does not dissolve the shepherd’s crumbs too much. This will be the longest and most expensive part of the recipe, since you have to be careful to stir the crumbs all the time so that they gradually take on a toasted color. With this amount you can have them sautéing for 10 minutes.

Shepherd's Migas Recipe - Step 5


And they are ready! Traditionally, the shepherd’s crumbs recipe It was eaten with grapes or pomegranate, although nowadays it is also common to enjoy this dish with fried peppers, dried sardines and a long etcetera, since crumbs combine with everything.

If you still have bread from the day before, don’t miss the Bread Pudding Recipe.

Shepherd's Migas Recipe - Step 6

If you liked the recipe for Shepherd crumbs, we suggest you enter our Migas Recipes category. You can also visit a selection of the best Spanish recipes.

Migas de pastor – Varieties and more accompaniments

The migas are known in different areas of Spain, although in each locality they receive different names and we find variations in their list of ingredients. The migas del pastor are the best known, however, in La Mancha towns we can also find the migas gachas, which are made with flour instead of bread.

There are Andalusian crumbs, Extremadura, Aragonese…, all with some different ingredients that make this dish the indicative of each region. As for the accompaniments, they also vary depending on the area. For this reason, we can find crumbs that are served with a fried egg, with fruits such as grapes or mandarin segments, with fried peppers, with roasted meat and even with fish.