Does somebody in your house object to eating bread that is a little dry? I have two children who do not like bread if it is even the slightest bit dry. They recommend that I use it to feed the birds, but instead of following their advice I use the leftover bread to make croutons, bread crumbs, French toast, Bruschetta, and Bread Pudding. Here is a collection of recipes and tips for using up leftover or stale bread.
Recipes Using Bread Crumbs:
Beth of A Word from Aunt B says that she creates bread crumbs in her food processor and then places them in freezer bags and stores them in the freezer until she has need of them. Beth says, “Breadcrumbs are handy things to have in the larder: They can top a casserole or pasta dish, they can be used as breading on fried or oven baked meats, and they are an essential binder in meatloaf, and in many other recipes”. I've included a few recipes that she makes using her homemade bread crumbs below along with a few of my recipes.
Recipes Using Croutons:
Judy of Savoring Today says that she uses leftover cornbread to make for croutons for soups and chili. She says, “Cornbread freezes well too”.
Bread Pudding Recipes:
April of 21st Century Housewife says it is almost better to make bread pudding with slightly stale bread. And Beth of Aunt B on a Budget uses day-old bread to make a sweet bread pudding and stale croissants to make a savory bread pudding.
Since you are going to toast the bread to make bruschetta, nobody will know if you created your appetizers using slightly stale bread!
How do you use up your leftover or stale bread?