What Can You Do With Stale Bread?

Sometimes we buy a baguette, brioche, or ciabatta loaf, and for one reason or another, it doesn't get finished. Rather than toss it in the compost bin, I give the stale bread new life!

Here are a few ideas of things you can do with stale bread:

Fondue - stale bread is great for sopping up hot, gooey cheese, and the liquids in the fondue will soften the bread.

French Onion Soup - a slice of stale bread is perfect for soaking up the beefy, oniony soup and holding up the cheese.

Pappa al Pomodoro - a delicious Tuscan bread soup with mussels and tomatoes.

Bread Pudding - behind that link is a nice roundup of various bread puddings, from sweet to savory.

Panade - a rustic casserole made with stale bread and leftover vegetables.

Ribollita - the quintessential Tuscan winter soup made from bread and hearty vegetables.

Bread Crumbs - DIY bread crumbs are super easy to make. Use this in meatballs!

French Toast - such an easy breakfast to make!

Fattoush - a Middle Eastern salad made with stale pita bread and fresh vegetables.

Panzanella - an Italian bread salad with mozzarella and fresh vegetables.

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(Image: Kathryn Hill)