Our Best Leftover Bread Recipes

Tomato, Basil, and Cucumber Panzanella
Photo: Victor Protasio

Bread is best when it's fresh, but it's not always possible to use it up in the ideal timeframe. No worries — here are some great recipes to use up leftover bread, from panzanella to bread pudding.

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Ribollita

Ribollita
Jen Causey

Crispy bread makes chef Adam Leonti's classic Italian soup all the more filling.

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Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel

Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel
John Kernick

This bread pudding not only uses leftover bread, it can also use leftover ice cream, melted into the pudding for a particularly luscious finish.

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Challah French Toast

Challah French toast
© Daria Khoroshavina

French toast is a classic way to use stale bread, especially if you happen to have a loaf of challah on hand.

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Savory Bread Pudding

Savory Bread Pudding
© Abby Hocking

If you like bread pudding but sweet's not your thing, never fear. This recipe uses leftover bread but combines it with onion, Gruyère and Parmesan cheeses, and bacon.

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Kale Strata

Kale Strata
© Sarah Bolla

Strata is another time-honored way to turn leftover, stale bread into a delicious new dish that works particularly well at brunch.

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Eggplant Parmesan with Crisp Bread Topping

Eggplant Parmesan with Crisp Bread Crumb Topping
© Kana Okada

Stale bread means fresh breadcrumbs, an incredibly useful thing to have around. This eggplant parm lets them shine as a crisp bread topping.

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Crostini with Grilled Sweet Onions and Blue Cheese

Crostini with Grilled Sweet Onions and Blue Cheese Recipe
Johnny Autry

Use leftover bread as an elegant snack, appetizer, or light meal by turning it in crostini and topping it with onions and blue cheese.

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Tomato, Basil, and Cucumber Panzanella with Grated Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tomato, Basil, and Cucumber Panzanella
Victor Protasio

Panzanella is a great way to make use of leftover bread and make a bright, refreshing summer salad out of it.

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Wild Rice Salad with Ciabatta Croutons

Wild Rice Salad with Ciabatta Croutons
Photo by Christopher Testani / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Prissy Lee

Croutons are always a welcome addition to salad. For this recipe, you'll need half a loaf of ciabatta or another crusty Italian bread.

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Stuffed Clams with Linguiça and Arugula

Stuffed Clams with Linguica and Arugula
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

Portuguese rolls are light and airy with a crisp crust, making them ideal for this stuffing: the crumb readily absorbs flavor. You'll only need one for this recipe, so it's an ideal use for a lingering leftover.

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