Bread is one of those basic food staples that everyone has in their home. But as much as we all love bread, stale bread is still a common occurrence. But instead of throwing stale bread away (or feeding it to the ducks) here are a few things you can make with it!
Croutons are quick and easy to make and make a lovely addition to soups, salads, and even stuffing. Simply chop up your bread in small cubes and cover with olive oil and seasonings. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 min at 375°C (190°C). You can play around with different herbs and seasonings to bring extra flavor to the croutons.
You would probably think bread pudding is an obvious dish to make. Well, it is. But don’t stop at the basic bread pudding recipe. Take bread pudding to the next level by changing it up a bit. Make it even more delicious by adding a whiskey sauce or embrace the flavors of fall by adding apples and pumpkin spice.
If you haven’t made a savory bread pudding, you are missing out. A savory breakfast bread pudding is the perfect morning meal. You make it the same way as you would the sweet variety, but instead swap all the sweet ingredients for savory elements. Add caramelized onions, bacon or ham, and lots of cheese! Make sure to add herbs and spices to the custard before you bake it.
Depending on the recipe you use, meatballs can easily become dry and crumbly. One way to prevent this is by making use of a panade, a type of binder. You can make a panade by soaking bread in milk, and mixing it through your minced beef. You won’t be using breadcrumbs in meatballs again!
Speaking of breadcrumbs…it’s actually pretty easy to make your own! Blitz leftover bread in a food processor until it resembles fine crumbs. Spread out on a baking tray and bake for 5 to 10 minutes at 300°C (150°C), stirring halfway. To make flavored breadcrumbs, add salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried herbs to the cooked and cooled crumbs.
What are your favorite uses for leftover bread? Share it with us in the comments below!