Everyday Cheapskate: 7 Awesome Ways to Use Up Stale Bread with Delicious Results
Who doesn't wince at the thought of throwing out food that's past its prime? Take bread, for instance. It's no longer fresh. It's hard and dried out. Tossing it in the garbage does seem like the only thing to do.
But wait! Provided it hasn't begun to grow mold, you really can turn leftover bread, rolls or baguettes into something deliciously awesome.
Here's the secret: Grilling, toasting, baking or frying gives bread a second yummy life. In fact, the following are all best when the bread is not fresh. Prepare to be amazed.
In a bowl, beat 2 eggs, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 2/3 cup milk. Soak 6 slices stale bread in the mixture, turning to coat both sides. Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat. Place the bread in a pan, and cook on both sides until golden. Serve with butter and syrup.
Rub 4 slices of stale bread with a crushed clove of garlic. Cut bread into crouton-size cubes. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add cubes and cook until crispy, stirring often. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Make it cheese or chocolate -- either way, you are in for a fab treat. For grilled chocolate, heat 1/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk just until boiling. Remove from heat. Add 3 ounces finely chopped bittersweet chocolate. Let it stand for 1 minute, and then whisk until smooth. Allow it to cool slightly.
Spread butter on one side of 8 slices of stale sandwich bread. Divide chocolate on the unbuttered side of 4 slices, leaving a small border, and cover each with the remaining slices of bread. Cook sandwiches in a large skillet over medium-high heat for one to two minutes. Turn. Press with a spatula. And cook until nicely browned and the chocolate is barely melted, 30 seconds to one minute. Serve warm.