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FAQ: I'd Hate To Waste My Day-Old Artisan Loaf. How Can I Use Stale Bread?

Recipes and Ideas for Using Stale Bread


Question: I'm a fan of homemade breads and artisan breads, but I never seem to finish a loaf before it gets stale. What are some ways to use stale bread so it doesn't go to waste?

Answer: Since they're made without preservatives or dough conditioners, homemade and artisan breads go stale more quickly than commercial loaves. But there are lots of uses for stale bread, so don't toss that wonderful rustic sourdough just because it's a day or two past its prime. Here's a list of ideas, along with recipe suggestions, for using stale bread:

Bread Salad Recipes

Tuscan Summer Bread Salad Recipe - Panzanella Recipe

Fattoush - Bread and Vegetable Salad

Mozzarella Bread Salad

Bread Pudding Recipes

Mango White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce 

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Vanilla Sauce

Green Chili Bread Pudding with Avocado Salsa

Strata Recipes

Spinach Strata

Pain Perdu Recipes

Pain Perdu 

New Orleans-Style Pain Perdu Step-By-Step

French Toast Recipes

Strawberry French Toast Casserole

Basic French Toast

Dairy-Free French Toast

Bread Crumb Recipes

Homemade Seasoned Bread Crumbs

Making Bread Crumbs with a Rolling Pin

Crouton Recipes

Olive Croutons

Gluten-Free Croutons

Easy Homemade Croutons

Soup Recipes

Simple Italian Bread Soup Recipe - Zuppa di Pan Cotto

Ribollita & Minestra di Pane Recipes - Tuscan Ribollita Recipe

White Garlic Soup Recipe - Sopa de Ajo Blanco

Sauce Recipes

Romesco Sauce

Bruschetta Recipes

Tomato Bruschetta

Bread Stuffing Recipes

Bread Stuffing

Chestnut Stuffing

Cranberry-Pecan Stuffing


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