In Turkey bread is a very important part of meals and we consume bread at nearly every meal. We like bread freshly baked. My husband is especially very strict about eating new bread. This means that we have a lot of bread going to the wastebin because we cannot consume them so fast. This is not a good idea for a person like me who hates wasting food. So I tried to find a solution for this and came out with this brilliant idea: Making croutons with stale bread, to use in soups or over salads.
The recipe is very very simple:
- Slice stale bread and make small cubic pieces from each slice, as big as you like.
- Put the bread pieces in a deep bowl and add some liquid oil, preferably olive oil over them. I do not give a measure for the oil as I do not know how much stale bread you have. But the idea is that each cubic piece is lightly covered with oil, very lightly. We do not want oil to drop off the bread pieces.
- You can put chopped garlic, grounded red peppers, dried pieces of thyme or other spices you like or you think would go well with your soup.
- Thoroughly mix the oil and bread with eachother.
- Put a baking sheet in the oven tray and put the bread pieces on the tray.
- Bake your croutons at 180 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until they are nicely brownish like the ones you see below.
- Enjoy your croutons over salads or in soups.
- If you keep them in a glass jar with lid tightly closed they will stay edible for a long time.
Recently I read about mindful living and I think reusing leftover food might be a part of this trend. So please share my recipe with others and please share your ideas, recipes, methods with me about reusing leftover food at homes. We may have a small contribution to the well being of ourselves and our world this way.
So how do you reuse leftover food?