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5 Simple leftover bread recipes

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Who doesn't love bread? Maltese bread is best served fresh, straight out of the oven. It's the perfect accompaniment to any meal. However, leftover bread is one of the most common things to find after a long day of cooking and eating. So, what can we do with our not-so-fresh bread instead of throwing it out? Here are 5 super simple leftover bread recipes to get you inspired. Get ready to put every last crumb to good use.

Bread and bacon 

Rise and shine with a fluffy bread-and-bacon omelet. Leftover bread is usually found lying around the kitchen the morning after a decadent dinner. What better way to start the morning right, than by making good use of that crispy loaf that was left behind? You will need a bowl, pan, some olive oil, eggs, cheese, milk, bacon, salt, pepper and bread. Fry your pieces of bacon and get them nice and crispy. Meanwhile, mix your bread with eggs, cheese and a splash of milk. Pour your omelet mix into a frying pan and add the crispy bacon. Don't forget to season to taste. You can also use the oven.

Egg-in-a-hole toast

This is a great fun-and-fast breakfast option, especially if you have kids. Slice your leftover bread and cut holes in each slice using cookie cutters or scissors. Toast your leftover bread using some butter or olive oil, and crack an egg into each hole. Cover your frying pan under medium heat to make sure your eggs get cooked on top. Add some fresh spring onion, and salt and pepper to taste. This is a super fast way to make good use of your leftover bread without spending hours cooking.

Salmorejo soup

Salmorejo is a thicker and richer version of the Spanish Gazpacho soup. You'll need tomatoes, bread, olive oil and garlic. The tomatoes should be skinned and then puréed to create a smooth texture. Mix your tomatoes together with some finely chopped garlic and add your bread. It's recommended to soak the bread in water if it's already hardened. Add some olive oil and salt to taste. Salmorejo can be served cold during summer or heated during colder seasons. You can also add some garnishes, such as bacon, hard-boiled eggs, fresh spring onion, flakes of tuna or Serrano ham.

Salad croutons

Croutons are the perfect crispy addition for any homemade dish. Cut your leftover bread into small cubes, drizzle them with some oil and seasoning, and place them into the oven until they're crispy. Use them to top your salads and soups. Use ingredients such as garlic, basil, rosemary and flavoured oils to boost your croutons and take them to the next level. This is probably the easiest and most effective way to make good use of your leftover bread. In conclusion, croutons are the biggest bang for your bread!

Italian bruschetta

Last but not least, prepare a good old bruschetta. There are many different bruschetta recipes and traditions. Experiment and find your favourite. A bruschetta is an ideal snack, appetiser or starter for any time of the day. Chop some fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, and add a touch of balsamic cream. Toast your leftover bread, add some extra virgin olive oil, and you're ready to snack. Delicious, fast and easy. No bread gets left behind.

NB! Our recipes are here for inspiration. Find exact measurements, cooking temperatures and methods using expert sources. Have some fun experimenting in your own way. Bon appétit!

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