The next time you don't know what to do with leftover bread, instead of throwing the loaf in the freezer, remember that there are plenty of recipes that make the most of it. Bookmark the list for reference, and you'll never be out of ideas.
- Put croutons in a Caesar or panzanella salad or on top of soup, or just snack on them out of hand.
- Cut the bread into 1/2-inch slices and toast. Place in the food processor and blend until fine crumbs form; breadcrumbs will keep in a seal-tight bag for three days.
- Make French toast for breakfast or dessert.
- If desserts aren't your thing, make a savory bread pudding. Sometimes known as strata, savory bread puddings usually combine vegetables, cheese, milk, and eggs with cubed bread. The whole thing is poured into a casserole dish and baked until it's puffy and delicious. It's great for brunch but could be enjoyed at dinnertime, too.
- Slice the loaf in half lengthwise and pull out some of the bread filling. Then cover with tomato sauce or pesto and your favorite pizza fixings. Bake until it's crispy and the cheese is melted. Voilà: homemade French bread pizza.
- If the bread is a couple days old, slice on the bias into very thin pieces. Toast and top with creamy cheese, chopped tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, mashed avocado — the possibilities for crostini toppings are endless!
- Cut into cubes and toss with lots of Gruyère cheese and fresh herbs. Bake and you'll end up with a rustic gratin that's perfect for serving alongside grilled fish or pork chops.
- If you think stuffing is only good around Thanksgiving, think again! You can stuff and grill chicken breasts, red peppers, or heirloom tomatoes.
What do you do with day-old bread? Add to our list below in the comments!