I had a recipe that called for unsweetened shredded coconut and the only package I could find brought a TON of it. I ended up not caring for the recipe so now I have all this extra shredded coconut. Since it is unsweetened, it isn't what most dessert recipes call for. What, if anything, can I use this product as a substitute for? I have tried using it in place of bread crumbs but other ideas would be appreciated.
My wife loves it toasted. Toast shredded coconut in a dry pan or oven and put on ice cream and other deserts. It's really tasty. Like toasting other nuts be careful as if you blink it may burn.
I adore using it as breadcrumbs (as you said), particularly on shrimp, then pan- or deep-fried.
You can also use it as a textural component in bread.
It's not a substitution, but if you're a fan of coconut, you can make coconut ice cream, or coconut sorbet for those who can't do dairy.