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Stale bread: how to store it and for which recipes it can be used. Here are the various uses of stale bread in the kitchen.
When it comes to food waste in Italy and around the world, thebreadit is the most trashed food. Still, thestale bread, is the easiest ingredient to recycle and allows the preparation of manyrecipesalso typical of the Italian food and wine tradition. Thestale breadit is very versatile, it lends itself to recipes based on soups, croquettes, dumplings ...
To keep theleftover bread, slice it before it is completelystale(before it hardens) and let it air dry. When the bread is dry (stale), keep it in a paper bag. To use stale bread you have two possibilities: chop it to make breadcrumbs, moisten it (in broth, water, milk ..) to prepare different recipes. Let's see some of the recipes for recycling stale bread.
Dumplings of stale bread - Recipe to reuse the dry bread
For this recipe you will need 4 stale sandwiches, 70 grams of sliced salami, 150 grams of cooked vegetables of your choice, 100 grams of flour, 2 eggs and, finally, salt, pepper and parmesan as required.
Chop thestale breadand add two glasses of water, the sliced meat, the well chopped vegetables, eggs, salt, pepper and mix everything by adding the flour. Transfer the resulting ingredients to a mixer: blend everything so as to obtain a not too soft dough. If the dough is too soft, add more stale bread or flour.
With a teaspoon, you get many small shapes of the dough that you will have to put directly in boiling water. When the dumplings rise to the surface, remove them from the pan and season with oil and Parmesan. Among the recommended combinations we point out: spinach and speck, bresaola and potatoes or mortadella and pumpkin. Thanks to this recipe you can not only use thestale bread(leftover dry bread) but also other leftover vegetables or cold cuts.
Passatelli - Recipe for recycling stale bread
Passatelli are a traditional dish from Emilia Romagna, also very popular in the Marche. It is a soup originally from the province of Pesaro and Urbino, so much so that they are often indicated in the menus of typical trattorias with the name ofSoup from Romagna. For the complete recipe:how to prepare passatelli.The photo above shows the passatelli of dry bread and the iron with which the characteristic shape is obtained.
Pizza with stale bread - Another recipe for reusing dry bread
The ingredients are few: leftover and hardened bread, tomato sauce, mozzarella and milk. This recipe with theleftover breadit can be used as an aperitif or appetizer. Moisten the slices of stale bread by dipping them in milk. Place the moistened slices in a baking pan, arranging them next to each other, trying not to leave too many empty spaces (this will make it easier to season them). In the holes between one slice and another, add pieces of bread. Season this base as if it were a classic pizza dough: roll out the tomato paste and oregano. Halfway through cooking, add the mozzarella. Place the pan in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes until a crispy crust appears on the edges.
Panzanella, the recipe for recycling dry bread
Like passatelli, panzanella is also a typical dish of the local food and wine tradition. Panzanella, also called pansanella or panmolle or panmòllo, is a typical dish of central Italy (Tuscany, Marche, Umbria and Lazio). The original recipe provides stale bread, red onion, basil, tomato and all seasoned with oil, vinegar and salt. To make the dish more interesting we suggest adding a few pieces of mozzarella. It is a very simple dish that can be enriched with a multitude of ingredients (and kitchen leftovers!) Such as corn, pickles, grilled vegetables ...
The recipe for croutons, excellent for reusing stale bread
In this case, the leftover bread it should not be kept in slices but in cubes. The cubes, thus obtained, should be browned in a pan with extra virgin olive oil and, to your liking, you can add aromatic herbs. Remove the croutons when they have assumed the classic browning. The croutons are perfect to accompany soups, soups, soups and fish dishes.
More recipes for using leftover bread are available on the page:how to use stale bread.