Using stale bread
1. Make Panzanella
Panzanella is a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes that includes chunks of soaked stale bread and tomatoes, sometimes also onions and basil, dressed with olive oil and vinegar.
2. Make breadcrumbs
Homemade breadcrumbs are infinitely better than the store-bought alternatives and can be stored in the freezer, untoasted, to be ready at a moments notice. Use them untoasted to bread cutlets and fish, or toast them to sprinkle over pasta and roasted vegetables.
3. Make meatballs
Stale bread is essential in any solid meatball recipe. Tear up the baguette, soak it in milk to soften it, and add it to the ground meat and seasonings.
4. Make croutons
Cut off the crust, slice the bread into bite-size pieces, toast, and toss them into any and every salad and soup.
5. Make strata
The most common type of strata is a brunch dish, similar to a quiche or frittata, made from a mixture which mainly consists of bread, eggs and cheese. It may also include meat or vegetables. Usually the bread and filling is layered, hence the name.
6. Make bread and butter pudding
The heartening classic is simple and a great way to use up sliced bread.
7. Make crostini
Crostini make great canapés and there are dozens to choose from.
8. Make soup
Some soups use bread as a thickening agent.
9. Make a roast dinner
Nestle cubes of the stale baguette around your chicken as it roasts. The bread will soak up all the delicious pan drippings, creating a stuffing of sorts.
10. Make French onion soup
Stale slices were pretty much born for this - when placed on top of the soup, piled high with cheese, and broiled, you'll completely forget that the bread wasn't at its best.