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Best use for day-old French bread?

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I have a loaf of French bread that didn't get used at a party last night. I know I could make bread pudding, but I made that for the party (and ate myself practically sick on it!), and so I'm looking for something else. Any ideas? If not, then please post your BEST bread pudding recipe. The one I made last night was a Caramel-Apple version that was quite good...but quite sweet. Next time I'm going to add tart dried cherries to balance it out.

Thanks in advance...

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  1. French toast

    1. "garlic bread"; I slice it, brush with olive oil, toast it under the broiler, then rub a cut piece of garlic all over it, both sides.

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      1. re: D.Gresh

        I second the garlic bread idea- another recipe for garlice bread:

        Stick of room temp butter
        fresh minced garlic
        grated cheese to taste

        Mix all together, and spread on french bread. Top with a bit of olive, and bake until brown and crusty.

      2. Panzanella.

        1. Croutons.

          Either slices (great for soups) or cubes. If you want to season them, heat up some olive oil (which you can cut with a neutral oil, like grapeseed or safflower), add some sliced garlic cloves, then after they turn gold, remove from heat, remove the garlic and toss in herbs of your choice (dried or fresh). Brush or toss with the flavored oil, and spread on a jelly roll pan in a preheated 350F until they start to brown. Let cool completely.

          Good bread should never be wasted: its purpose in life for most of history was in fact to be used stale, NOT fresh. (People had to learn the discipline of not eating it fresh, as it had many more uses stale.)

          1. f
            Fois gras fan

            Make bread crumbs, mix them with a beaten egg and 6 oz. of blue cheese. Spread the cheese mixture on rolled out meatloaf mix, roll up like a jelly roll into a loaf pan. Bake at 350 for an hour, let cool and slice into thick slices. Enjoy!