27 Awesome Recipes to Give Fresh New Life to Stale Bread
Who doesn't have a few pieces of bread going stale at the bottom of the bread bag? Instead of tossing your stale bread, turn those day-old pieces into foodie gold with one of these recipes that actually calls for old bread. Day-old bread can be toasted and processed into breadcrumbs that are perfect for toppings and fillings, fried into French toast, and even turned into soups and salads. Make your grocery dollars stretch further by using every bit of every bread loaf, and enjoy the delicious fruits of your cooking labors all at the same time.
Grilled Salmon Panzanella Salad
This summery salad is made with five ingredients plus a few pantry staples. The croutons should be made with day-old bread because it is dry and sturdy enough to absorb the vinaigrette without getting mushy. Only have a fresh loaf? Cut it into cubes, place on a baking sheet, and bake at 300°F until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
This holiday season, skip the usual marshmallow-topped casserole and serve this Savory Sweet Potato Casserole for a change of pace. Because sweet potatoes are so naturally sweet, they are nicely balanced by this savory Parmesan-herb streusel topping. The topping is made with day-old sourdough bread, but you can use another type of stale white bread such as country white, if you prefer. To cut down on sticky clean up, place the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet before roasting them. We promise, no one will miss the marshmallows.
Brioche Stuffing-Baked Eggs
Fill both the “eggs” and “stuffing” elements of your Friendsgiving brunch with this casserole. Start out with a classic baked stuffing (purists may call it a “dressing” since it's not going inside a turkey), then crack a bunch of eggs into the center of the dish. Pop it back in the oven for perfectly baked eggs nestled between chunks of Thanksgiving-scented bread. For the best results, use stale brioche—leave the bread out on your counter for at least 8 hours before making the dish.
Praline Bread Pudding
Sarah Gavigan learned this hearty soup from her Sicilian-born grandmother, who would often visit from Florida for a week at a time and who, Gavigan says, "filled the kitchen with magic." Nonna made use of whatever scraps were on hand in their middle Tennessee home, from collards and lima beans to a Parmesan rind, and insisted it was all "about the touch." Any winter greens work great, and you can use any type of bean.
Chicken Baked on a Bed of Bread and Swiss Chard
This savory chicken dish is easy to prepare and a great way to put that favorite enameled cast-iron dutch oven to good use. Toss day-old cubes of peasant bread with olive oil, capers, raisins, shallots, garlic, and thyme, plus one bunch of fresh Swiss chard. Toss with seasoned chicken pieces and bake for a one-pot main dish that is both delicious and healthy.
Trout with Pumpkin Seed-Sage Gremolata
Peach Bread Pudding
Juicy, ripe peaches at the height of stone-fruit season shine in this great summer dessert. "The brandy sauce makes it special, but it's also good for breakfast without the sauce," says Sunset reader Sarah Epstein, of Palo Alto, California. "During the rest of the year, I use the basic recipe and substitute other fruits. One of our favorites is sour cherries with dark chocolate chunks."
Broiled Oysters on the Half Shell
Overnight Apple French Toast
This savory breakfast treat is definitely worth the overnight wait. Taking a crazy spin on traditional French toast, this recipe yields a drool-worthy outcome. Soaked with brown sugar, apple jelly, and freshly sliced apples, this French toast recipe will soon become a family favorite.
Best-Ever Stuffing Balls
Enjoy the taste of Thanksgiving anytime with this too-easy stuffing balls recipe. Lots of the ingredients are likely already in your pantry. If you don’t have cream of mushroom soup on hand, you can use chicken or turkey broth instead. Serve them alongside your bird for the full effect, or set them out as a potluck-friendly finger food for guests to graze on while they’re waiting for the big feast.
Mascarpone French Toast with Warm Blackberry Syrup
Sealegs Kayaking Adventures, based on Vancouver Island, B.C., starts the morning by serving its guests this decadent creation. They cook it over an open campfire, but it can be prepared over a stovetop griddle as well. Slather a blend of mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, and blackberry liqueur between slices of day-old French bread, then dip sandwiches in a traditional egg-and-milk mixture before frying in butter. Serve with bacon, plus a hearty helping of blackberries cooked down in maple syrup.
Rainy-Day Tomato Soup
Creole Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Bell Pepper, Tomato, Cucumber, and Grilled Bread Salad
Toasted Bread, Bean, and Vegetable Soup
Clams Casino with Pancetta
For easier shucking, steam clams over simmering water for two minutes or just until their shells barely open. Run a knife or small screwdriver around a shell's edge, and pop it open. If you partially steam the clams, reduce the broiling time by a minute or two. The clams may be unsteady on the jelly-roll pan, so you can line the pan with a bed of rock salt for more stability.
Double Chocolate Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche
Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms
Warm Asparagus Salad
Sausage and Caramelized Onion Bread Pudding
At $1.60 per serving, this hearty and savory bread pudding is delicious at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If your supermarket offers turkey Italian sausage in the butcher case, purchase one or two links to equal 4 ounces. If starting with a package of several sausages, freeze leftover links up to two months for later use.
Apple Brown Betty
Spaghetti with Anchovies and Breadcrumbs
French Toast Waffles
Thyme-Coated Pork Tenderloin
Pistachio-Encrusted Rack of Lamb
This striking yet simple entrée will win you applause. You can prepare the mustard mixture earlier in the day. The breadcrumb mixture (minus the lemon juice) can also be prepared ahead; just remember to add the juice before patting the pistachio crust onto the lamb.