Do you ever have leftover bread or rolls from a holiday meal or Sunday dinner? It does not happen often with my family, everyone loves bread, but occasionally it does. Panera (aka St. Louis Bread Company as it is known here in St. Louis) has some great ideas for leftover bread. We love getting fresh artisan breads from Panera when I make soups in the winter and now I know what to do with any leftovers!Panera Bread Company Soup


While rolls can go perfectly as a side to nearly any meal, they can be put to use in a multitude of other ways post-feast. Turn that baked ham into a delicious veggie sandwich or even morph into one of your favorite deserts – bread pudding, anyone? In addition to those great dishes, Saint Louis Bread Co. has come up with four delicious things you should do with those leftover dinner rolls:

· Make your own croutons: Cut bread into cube-shaped pieces, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and scatter on a baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until golden brown (about 10 minutes). Croutons made from Whole Grain, Honey Wheat and Stone-Milled Rye make wonderful salad toppings.

· Create crostini: It’s a fancy term for the miniature toasts used in bruschetta and French onion soup. To make your own, slice the bread into ¼-inch rounds, brush with oil or butter and brown on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven.

· Float bread boats: Kids love these! Leftover bread makes a perfect addition to fresh soup. When it’s ready to serve, add a few small chunks. The bread will absorb the flavors and add a savory layer of texture. Try Sourdough with chicken soup!

· Craft crumbs: Pulse leftover bread in a food processor. Store in the freezer and add to dishes that need extra flavor or crunch. For instance, add crumbs to a meatball recipe. Or scatter crumbs made from Tomato Basil bread atop macaroni and cheese and bake until crunchy brown.

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