Stale Bread Pizza & Winners

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I know the title of this post doesn't sound too appealing, but trust me, it was fantastic!

I cut this recipe out of the NY Times months ago and the stale loaf of Sullivan Street Italian bread on the counter was begging me to make this. (I know what you're thinking, how could you let a loaf of that bread go stale?).

This came out like a French bread style or Sicilian pizza.

This was so delicious, I don't think I will ever be making pizza dough again!

I would suggest crushing the tomatoes with your hands right over the bread and cheese instead of using a masher, as I found out later.

Stale Bread Pizza (amazing!): adapted from Donatella Arpaia's recipe from the New York Times

15 slices of stale rustic Italian or French bread
1-2 cups of milk
kosher salt & pepper
2 balls of fresh or Bufala mozzarella, sliced thin
3/4 pint of cherry tomatoes
3 tbsp of Parmesan cheese
fresh basil and/or fresh oregano leaves

Lightly dip the slices of bread in milk and squeeze out the excess liquid.

Grease a large baking sheet w/ olive oil (or the bread will stick).
Lay the bread on the baking sheet and tightly snuggle the slices together.

Sprinkle the wet slices of bread w/ kosher salt & pepper.
Lay sliced mozzarella on top haphazardly over the bread.

Squeeze the cherry tomatoes in your hand and toss over the mozzarella cheese.

Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese on top and drizzle w/ olive oil and basil and/or oregano leaves.

Bake on the bottom of a 350F oven for 12-15 minutes, careful not to burn the bottoms of the bread.

Remove from oven and let set a minute or two, and serve with a spatula.


PS The winners of the Ghirardelli Giveaway are Carole, who loves her mother's chocolate cake the best, and Donna@Conghaile Cottage who loves chocolate w/ peanut butter! Congratulations! Please email your addresses so I can mail out your prizes!


dinetonite said…
Stale Bread Pizza & Winners, I tried this but i am not
The JR said…
My chickens will be so sad if I make this and use up my stale bread that they normally get.....
kat said…
Great use for stale bread, which I always seems to have around
Anonymous said…
Love it, yeah, you take your fancy flights to gay Paree, hops to NYC to hit the new hot spots, but you're also happy in your Jersey kitchen, thinking like a home cook, thrifty with the leftovers, always on the lookout for new ways to feed yourself your lucky friends & family!
Karen said…
I want this stale bread pizza immediately. Delish!
So you dip the bread in milk? is it soggy? It dosen't look it? I looks pretty darn good!
Jen_from_NJ said…
I can't wait to try this Stacey. You know how much I love pizza! Such a creative idea and the results look amazing!!!
Julie said…
Sounds like a great reason to let some bread go stale!
Velva said…
This is a divine way to use really stale bread. Awesome! Very creative too.
Carole said…
This would be great to make for game day watching and snacking. Thanks!
Foodiewife said…
Who knew? I see Friday tapas at our house. I have a few cherry tomatoes left...barely.
Dana said…
Wow. This is a great idea for kids and big kids alike! I love the look of it!
Lisa Faley said…
When I first read this, I thought the word "winners" was a type-o and it was stale bread and weiners!
Jen_from_NJ said…
I'm back to say that I have already made this pizza twice since you posted it. AMAZING! The best 30 minute meal EVER! Thanks Stacey!