One of my favorite low cost food items is Jimmy John’s day-old bread. It’s only 53 cents and it’s great to eat alone or use in recipes. I visit Jimmy John’s (conveniently located on my way home from work) for the cheap bread more often than I buy sandwiches. Here are some of the things I make with it:
French Onion Soup (pictured above)
Take canned french onion soup (add a bit of sherry if you’re feeling fancy) and top it with a slice of bread and swiss cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese has browned.
Mix together 1 tbsp of softened butter, 1 tbsp sugar and one tsp cinnamon. Spread on slices of bread and place in a 375 degree oven until the bread has browned.
Slice the bread into cubes. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grated parmesan cheese. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.
Use the bread to dip into a mixture of olive oil, garlic and oregano.
Top toasted slices of bread with a mixture of diced tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper, balsamic vinegar and garlic
What is your favorite way to use day old bread?
Sidenote: One of the guys at Jimmy John’s asked me out on a date and I declined the invitation. Although each visit to Jimmy John’s has the potential for social awkwardness, the day-old bread is still worth it.