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Beyond Croutons: Discover Yummy Delicacies to Make With Stale Bread

Every kitchen has leftover bread or about-to-expire bakery items. Most times, we’re faced with two options when we have stale bread: make croutons or toss them in the trash bin. However, you can make many delicacies with stale bread- some of these treats will make you leave bread on purpose for a repeat! Here are five delicacies that you can make with stale bread. 

Baked Mac and Cheese

Nothing is regular about this mac and cheese, which features three different types of cheese (fontina, gruyere, and yellow cheddar). So, what role does your stale bread play in this amazing treat?

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The topping, which comes in the form of toasted breadcrumb, is what gives the meal its crunchy texture contrast. This creamy and flavorful baked mac and cheese is easy to make as it doesn’t consume much time.

Shrimp Panzanella

Have you ever heard of bread salad? Well, this classic Italian bread salad will blow your mind. The typical shrimp panzanella consists of fresh herbs and ripe tomatoes. However, you can ‘mix and match’ whatever you have available.

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The stale bread is the main ingredient that soaks up the dressing– every other thing comes after. You could make a hearty dish of shrimp panzanella with chickpeas, shrimp, cucumbers, and any dressing of your choice. 

Chocolate Bread Pudding

This mouthwatering delicacy is another great way to use your stale bread. The chocolate bread pudding tastes as good as it looks- and making it isn’t as complicated as it seems.

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Stale bread is cut into cubes, and they soak up a sweet custard before being sprinkled with chocolate chips. Baked to indulgent perfection, this bread pudding is perfect for when you have bread that is more than a day old- all that stale smell will disappear.

Air Fryer Croutons

Of course, everyone knows how to make croutons; well, these croutons aren’t the typical types. With your air fryer, you can make these croutons- and the result is a delicious delicacy that you can’t get enough of.

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Add a touch of granulated garlic and dried oregano to complement a variety of soups, salads, and other dishes. It’s a time-saving process compared to when you’re using the usual oven method.

Bread Stuffing

This is another way to use a large loaf of stale bread in one go– you won’t even notice the hardness of the bread. This stuffing is a favorite during the winter and fall holidays- and you can enjoy it all year round.

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Bread stuffing is filled with ingredients like chopped herbs, sausage, and mushrooms. What we love the most about this dish is how versatile it is- you can add any condiment or ingredients you prefer.

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