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Uses for Stale Bread – recipes

 We all end up with stale bread in the cupboard at some time or other.

And you are left with 2 options:

  1. throw it out
  2. find a way to use it


Croutons in a bowl


Everyone has stale bread.

Or at least everyone who has bread at some point and does not eat it all eventually has stale bread lying around.

And most of the time it gets thrown away, or responsibly composted.

If you are culinarilly educated, dear reader, you may already have known of stale bread soup; but as I read Tamar’s book, I was astounded to find out that not only does such a thing exist, but there is a long and ancient tradition of creating soup from leftover bread (Ribollita in Italian).

Stale Bread Soup // Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

When bread goes stale and does not want to be made into croutons, make this soup instead.

I realize that at this point you might be sick and tired of hearing us harp about how great Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal is.

But hear me out one more time.

There are a few things that should be said about stale bread soup.

First, it is not a soup in the same way that chicken noodle is a soup; stale bread soup is usually much thicker and feels more like a hearty chili. Second, stale bread soup is more of a general . . .   Stale Bread Soup (Ribollita) | Serious Crust


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Bread-crusted King George whiting with ratatouille

This is such a simple but delicious dish. The buttery, garlicky bread toasts off to a golden crust and is a perfect foil for the gently cooked fish and zesty lemon. Bread-crusted King George whiting with ratatouille – Good Food


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