Remember when everyone could eat bread? With more and more people avoiding gluten, bread has become a guilty pleasure at the dinner table, even for those of us who can tolerate it just fine. My deepest sympathies to those with gluten intolerance, who may want to look away while I take a moment to appreciate warm, soft, chewy, crusty, wonderful bread and all the ways you can turn a day-old loaf of it into a full meal.
Bake bread cubes with custard, vegetables, herbs and cheese to make a warm and satisfying savory bread pudding. Simmer stale bread in a rich stock for a soft and soupy panade. Or if spring weather has arrived where you live, lighten things up with a panzanella made with seasonal vegetables.
What are your favorite ways to eat bread for dinner?
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