Bread is something that just about everyone has in the house at all times. And for some reason, so is leftover bread. Does it kill you to throw out leftover bread? It’s just so wasteful, don’t you wish there was some way to avoid it? Well… here are 10 delicious ways to use leftover bread so you never have to toss it. In fact, you’ll want to buy extra bread just so you can make these goodies!
- Breadcrumbs: Okay, everyone knows about this, and you might not think you have enough Martha Stewart in you for homemade breadcrumbs. But think again because it’s really so easy, and that much tastier than store-bought. Break bread into chunks and whir in the food processor ’til crumbly. You can toast or not before grinding, and season with garlic and herbs- all depending on your taste. Then store in a zip top bag in the freezer and use as you need them.
- Croutons: Homemade croutons are so good you’ll never want to buy them again, and they’re actually better to make when the bread is not so fresh. Cut into cubes, toss with a little olive oil and whatever herbs and seasonings you want, and toast in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, checking and tossing so they don’t burn. You can even skip the oil if you want. Here’s a recipe for Easy Garlic-Herb Salad Croutons to get you started, but it’s really easy to improvise on your own.
- Bread Pudding: An easy, classic dish where your leftover bread can be the star! Try this PB & J Bread Pudding for a real treat!
- Panzanella: Panzanella is an Italian tomato and bread salad that bursts with flavor. Try this recipe by Ree Drummond.
- Bruschetta: This is an easy and yummy appetizer! Slice baguettes into thick-ish slices, brush with olive oil and toast in the oven until golden. Then top with chopped tomatoes, garlic, and basil; sautéed mushrooms and shallots; mascarpone and herbs, or anything you have around.
- French Toast: Another classic way to turn leftovers into something special.
- Stuffing: Who says stuffing is just for Thanksgiving? Leftover bread is the perfect excuse to make it any time of the year!
- Fondue: Cut bread into cubes for dipping into cheesy fondue.
- Romesco: Romesco is a Spanish sauce traditionally made with roasted peppers, tomatoes, nuts, and bread. Make this recipe and enjoy it on fish, chicken, as a dip for veggies, or with just about anything.
- Strata: Strata is bread pudding’s savory cousin, and if you’ve never tried it you’ve got to give it a whirl! Start with Food & Wine’s Zucchini-Tomato Strata.
Now you never have to feel bad about wasting bread. Just whip up these treats and you won’t believe they were made out of something you were about to throw away! These are all really easy to do, but if you’re too busy and you’re afraid the bread will get moldy, you can save it in zip top bags in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.