Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Uses for Bread

It happens to all of us. You end up with the two bread ends and you just toss them. Or your bread goes stale and you can't stand to make a sandwich with them. Or the inevitable more hotdogs than buns or vice versa. I just store my leftover bread in a bag in the fridge or freezer and make some of the below recipes as I feel like it. Well here is a great list of things you can do to make sure this bread doesn't go to waste.

  • Croutons 
  • Bread Crumbs- you can either make them from the croutons or toast some bread and then stick them in a food processor.
  • Toast- Use stale bread to make toast. You more than likely won't notice it is stale.
  • French Toast- another great use for stale bread.
  • Grilled Cheese- again you probably won't notice the bread is stale.
  • Bread soups- There are quite a few recipes that call for bread to thicken the soup. 
  • Bread pudding- Yum! There are lots of recipes for this one, and everyone has their favorite way to do it. I have to say though there hasn't been a bread pudding that I didn't like
  • Use hotdog buns to make mini meatball subs. Just cook up some meatballs in some red sauce place on bun and top with some mozzarella (or any other cheese of your choice)
  • Try to refreshen the bread by dipping it in cold water, draining, and then heating in the oven.
  • Garlic Bread- Some butter and garlic powder heated in the oven. Yummy. You can add cheese for some cheesy garlic bread. (Ok so I love cheese!) You could use hotdog buns to make bread sticks.
  • Use old hamburger buns to make open faced sandwiches like an open faced pulled pork sandwich. You can use regular bread too. An open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy or Salisbury steak would be yummy.
  • You could also use old hamburger buns to make personal pizzas. (Or English Muffins or Bagels)
  • Stuffing/dressing. I always use stale bread to make my stuffing for Thanksgiving. Use some chicken broth, sauteed onions and celery, and your pretty much there. (I'd love to give an exact recipe, but this one has been passed down by just eyeballing). 
  • Bruschetta
  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Feed the birds. They won't mind if it is stale. ;-)
Do you have a recipe for leftover bread? Share it in the comments!

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