Friday, July 16, 2010

Wonderful things to do with old bread

I love bread. It's as simple as that. I can't resist buying a great-looking loaf of fresh-baked bread when I see one. However, because it's just the two of us, we rarely finish a loaf of bread (except of course Fat Boy's breads) before it starts to get a little dry and crusty. Because I hate wasting food, here's what I do: simply chop bread into one-inch cubes and seal well in a ziplock bag and throw into the feezer. Use frozen bread within 2-3 months to make one of the following:

Homemade Croutons
What better way to dress up a simple salad than homemade croutons???
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss frozen bread chunks (no need to defrost) in a bowl with olive oil (you don't need a lot), garlic powder, salt, pepper, and any combination of dried herbs (oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes). Stir to coat and place on a large cookies sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Place frozen bread cubes in food processor and pulse until you reach desired consistency. Toast in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or in a pan on stovetop (don't forget to stir). When breadcrumbs are golden brown and crisp add salt and pepper to taste as well as any other flavorings you like (dried oregano, basil, parsley and garlic for italian-flavored). Use in any recipe calling for dry breadcrumbs.

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