Sliced Bread is a staple of the traditional American diet! Do you agree? Although it’s often taken for granted, it’s worthy of much more than the usual peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Not only is it cheap and perfect for a small budget, but it also has many uses in the kitchen.
In this article, we’ll show you 13 incredible and surprising ways to use sliced bread! By the way, not all of them are edible!
1) Make Bird’s Nest (Egg in a Nest)
This fun recipe goes by a few names such as “Birds Nest”, “Egg in a Nest”, “Bird in a Nest”, “Egg in a Hole”, etc… Needless to say, this fun use of sliced bread with an egg has been around for a long time and is a personal favorite of yours truly.
Bird’s Nest Ingredients & Supplies:
- Sliced Bread
- Small glass, like an espresso cup or shot glass.
- Skillet or Frying Pan
How to Make Birds’ Nests:
- Preheat your skillet to low-medium heat.
- Melt plenty of butter on the skillet to cover the entire surface. Butter can also be spread directly on the bread if it’s softened enough.
- Using the small glass, punch a hole out of the center of the bread slice using the open end of the glass. Press the open end of the glass into the bread while the slice rests on a plate or countertop.
- Save the punched out “bread-hole” to be grilled along with the Birds Nest.
- Place the bread with a hole in the center of the skillet.
- Crack one whole egg into the hole.
- Allow the egg to cook until it’s stable enough to flip.
- Cook the egg to your liking.
Birds Nests are the best when the egg yolk is runny. The runny yolk is soaked up by the bread once you break into it! Trust me when I say, this is a perfect breakfast (or anytime) recipe!
2) Cinnamon Walnut French Toast Casserole
Speaking of breakfast recipes, French Toast Casserole is one of those recipes that are worthy of a special occasion! This custardy cross between French Toast and Bread Pudding uses sliced french bread and is elevated with cinnamon and Walnuts, which are optional:
3) Cookie Cutter Cut-Out Sandwich Shapes
If quick and simple is your thing, make a peanut butter and jelly (or your favorite) sandwich and cut them into fun shapes using cookie cutters.
Cookie cutters work great on sliced bread sandwiches. Plus, the kids love them and they’re an easy way to remove the crust from sliced bread! Be sure to check out this post for some good ideas.
4) Soak Up Meatloaf Grease with Sliced Bread!
Do you know how baked meatloaf sometimes makes a pool of grease at the bottom of the pan? A simple slice of bread can fix that!
Before adding your raw meatloaf into a loaf pan, line the bottom with sliced bread. Then, bake your meatloaf as usual. The bread will soak up the grease!
5) Soften Brown Sugar
Do you have some brown sugar that’s gone hard? This is one of the easiest ways to soften brown sugar.
If you have a few days to spare. Add a slice of bread to an airtight container with the brown sugar. After a few days, the bread’s moisture will transfer to the brown sugar and make it soft again.
6) Berry Bunch Crunch French Toast
Why settle for average French toast, when you can kick it up a notch with cereal. You read that right – cereal! Add some cereal to French toast batter and create a French toast with a crunchy twist!
This recipe uses Malt-O-Meal Berry Bunch Crunch, but you can use any cereal you wish!
7) Keep Cookies Fresh
The small amount of moisture in sliced bread is perfect for rehydrating chewy cookies that are beginning to go stale. Place a slice or two into an airtight container with the cookies overnight and they will return to their chewy texture.
8) Fish Sticks Parmesan Sandwich Melt
When thinking of fish sticks, you’d probably never imagine them covered with melted mozzarella cheese on a layer of marinara sauce in-between toasted, garlic-brushed bread… Although these Fish Stick Parmesan Melts might sound weird, they’re surprisingly delicious and satisfying.
9) Soften Hard Marshmallows
Hard marshmallows can be made soft by adding a slice of bread into an airtight bag or container and letting it sit a couple of days. The moisture from the bread will slowly rehydrate the marshmallows making them soft again.
10) Make a Deli Style Tuna Salad Sandwich
For some reason, tuna salad seems to taste best on regular sliced white bread. Maybe it’s because white bread is simple and doesn’t steal the show from the tuna fish? Is it because that’s how we enjoyed it as kids…? Either way, a good-ole deli-style tuna fish sandwich is the perfect way to use sliced bread! Of course, if you prefer your tuna salad without mayonnaise, be sure to check out this recipe at Sizzling Eats!
11) Absorb Grease
Sliced bread is great for absorbing grease. Just place a slice or two into the bottom of a drip pan that collects grease when grilling. The bread will absorb the grease and allow for an easy clean-up.
12) Spoon Rest
Use the end-slice from a loaf of bread as a rest for a spoon used while cooking at the stove. The bread will soak up grease and oil or any sauces and protect your countertop. Then, just throw it away when you’re finished.
13) Keep Sliced Cake Fresh
To keep the sliced end of a cake moist, attach a slice of bread to it with toothpicks. The bread protects the end of the cake from drying out until it’s ready to be eaten.
14) Homemade Croutons
Cut old bread into one inch cubes. Brush cubes with melted butter, and season with garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Bake at 375 degrees F. for (15 minutes) in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Flip croutons at the 7-minute mark to toast all sides.
Store cooled croutons in an airtight container for up to one week.
15) Bread Stuffing
This delicious, stove top Easy Bread Stuffing Recipe features stuffing bread, celery, onion, turkey drippings, butter, and poultry seasonings. It is perfect for your holiday dinner and is ready in minutes.
Those are my 13+ Incredible and Surprising Ways to Use Sliced Bread! I truly hope you learned a new way to use sliced bread after reading this article. If you did, please leave a comment below. We love reading what our readers have to say!
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