- Toasties: Extra crispy bread + extra melty Puck mozzarella cheese = a winner. It is that simple. And that tasty.
- Make your own bread crumbs: It’s easy. Just preheat your oven to 150°C, place slices of stale bread on the oven racks, and leave them in there for 30 minutes. Then toss them in a blender or a food processor and blend until you have the desired sized crumbs.
- Make your own croutons: Simply cut the bread into cubes, arrange them on a baking sheet and leave them to bake in the oven at 150°C for 20 minutes. Remember to turn them halfway through. Now you have your own homemade deluxe topping for soups and salads. BONUS: You get bonus points and taste if you mix the croutons with garlic, herbs and olive oil before baking them!
- Crusty bread salad aka panzanella: This is a much-loved Italian bread salad that usually pairs ciabatta (but you can use any kind of stale bread really) with juicy tomatoes, olive oil, olives, capers, and peppers. The bread soaks up all the wonderful juices and the result is a delicious salad booming with flavor!
- Savory bread pudding: Take a baking dish or casserole, coat it with oil or butter to prevent sticking, and add several slices of bread. For every slice you add, beat two eggs in a bowl with a splash of Puck cooking cream along with whatever savory flavorings you’d like, and pour that mix right onto the bread. Top it all off with a layer of Puck mozzarella cheese, and bake in the oven until the edges are golden and irresistible and the center is done. TIP: Diced onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, cooked sausage are great companions for this dish!
- Pita bread quick pizza: Have you ever been in the mood for pizza, but haven't had the time nor the energy to make one from scratch? Well, use pita bread! Top it with your favorite sauce, Puck Mozzarella cheese, toppings of your choosing and off to the oven it goes. Easy peasy!
- French Toast: When making french toast, stale bread is actually better than fresh. The dry bread soaks up the flavors and keeps its texture much better, preventing it from turning into mush at the mere mention of moisture!
- Use old bread as a topping for French onion soup: Another great use of old, dry bread is to simply put it on top of a bowl of French onion soup, top it with Puck mozzarella and your favorite cheese blend and place it under the broiler for a few minutes till it is hot and bubbly. Yum!
- Jazz it up and bake it into bruschetta. Bruschetta is basically crusty bread with toppings, so bread that’s somewhat stale is almost perfect for the Italian appetizer. All you have to do is brush slices of dry bread with olive oil, bake them in the oven at about 150°C for a few minutes, and then top them with whatever topping you like. We like to use diced tomatoes, Puck mozzarella or Puck Feta cheese, and basil or mint. Once you’ve topped the bread, return it to the oven and place it under the broiler for a few minutes. The result is an amazing appetizer or side dish!
You overestimated how much rice you'll need and now you have a ton left over. What do you do with it? It’s an absolute waste of time and money to throw out rice, so instead, we find some creative uses for it.