Thursday, March 27, 2014

When Life Gives You the Bread Ends...

When life gives you lemons...make lemonade.

So when life gives you the bread ends...hmmm, what is a girl to do?

How often have you just thrown away the front and back end of a loaf of bread?  

Don't do that anymore!
Start saving those ends.  Place them in a bag in the freezer and when you have a bunch, take them out for some great ideas!  So, when life gives you bread ends, make...

Use leftover stale bread or ends of bread to create croutons.  This recipe from Natasha's Kitchen is exactly what I use.  Just chop up the bread and toss with olive oil, garlic salt, melted butter, parsley, salt and pepper.  Toast in a shallow baking dish in the oven and you are good to go.  Click on over to follow her recipe.  You'll never use store bought croutons again and your soup or salad will be AWESOME!

Bread Pudding is another way to use up those crusts.  This recipe from America's Test Kitchen uses challah bread.  You can use that or just use a bunch of those end slices.  Bread pudding has such humble roots, it's so easy and awesome comfort food!  Add a scoop of ice cream and you have quite the yummy!  Click the link for the complete recipe.

Ina Garten was featured in House Beautiful for her Panzanella recipe!

This is a great recipe for using up those leftover bread ends.  Just cube them up, add some fresh, chopped vegetables, feta cheese and a vinagrette to make a delicious salad.  Use the above link to find the recipe.

I bet you didn't know just how useful those bread ends could be?
Use them for a sweet treat or a savory one!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!