Using stale bread, above all in this economic period, is a must. Often, you can take the best ways from the old tradition and get inspiration from the old-fashioned recipes of your grannies.
If you buy fresh bread during the weeek, it could happen that, the next week, you have plenty of stale bread, too old and tough to be served plain… Let’s see how to use it.
• If your bread is not too old, you can slice it, place some filling (like ham and cheese) between 2 slices, dip them in beated egg and bake at 180° for 10 minutes, or even fry, like for mozzarella in carrozza.
• Also, you could place bread slices briefly dipped in milk on the oven tray covered with baking paper, season with diced tomato and mozzarella, add some oil and basil, and bake at 180°C for about 10 minutes, to get some nice “pizzette”.
• Similarly, place bread slice in a casserole, cover with stock, add some white sauce or ragu sauce, some mozzarella and grated parmesan, and bake for 15 minutes at 180°C.
• You can slice your old bread and make bruschette to serve as a nice appetizer, by toasting the slices in the oven for 10 minutes at 180°C, and seasoning them with oil, salt, tomatoes in pieces and fresh basil (or in any other way you like).
• Another tip? Dice your bread and fry it in hot oil, maybe with herbs or spices: you’ll get delicious croutons, perfect to enrich your soups.
• Of course you can make bread crumbles out of your stale bread, by simply blending it with a good mixer. And bread balls, made by soaking bread in milk for 30 minutes: then you need to squeeze it, combine it with egg, cheese, salt, pepper and chopped parsley, shape balls, and fry them.
• Old bread can be used to make panzanella, a dish typical of simple cooking of Tuscany, a sort of salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and onion.
• You can use stale bread to make meatballs or meatloaf, combined with eggs, milk, pepper, ground meat, parmesan, parsley and salt. You can then shape the mixture to make delicious balls, and fry them, or cook them with tomato sauce.
• Last but not least, you can also use stale bread to make desserts. For example? bread cake, made with bread soaked in milk and then squeezed and combined with eggs, melted butter, sugar, flour and, optionally, raisin, chocolate chips, pine nuts, lemon… Then you have to put the mixture inside a pan, greased and covered with bread crumbs, and bake.