Baguettes in the trash? No way!

There's nothing like a fresh baguette. It seriously makes every meal better. However, what do you do when you're finished with dinner, half the baguette is left and you know you won't eat it for dinner tomorrow?

1) Make crostinis. So easy. Thinly slice the baguette (about 1/4 inch thick). Lay them flat on a cookie sheet and lightly brush with a mixture of olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder and dried chives. Bake at 400 for about 6 minutes, flip over lightly brush the mixture on the other side and bake for another 4-6 minutes. Let them cool and store in a ziploc baggie. They'll last for weeks and are great with cheese, hummus and just about any dip.

2) Make french toast. This will seriously be the best french toast ever. Slice the baguette the night before - I like the slices to be about 1/2 inch or so thick. Beat 2-3 eggs, about 1/2 cup of milk (may need a bit more), a splash of vanilla (about 1 tsp) and a few dashes of cinnamon - to taste of course. Run the baguette through the egg mixture and cook on a buttered medium-high skillet or griddle. Serve with a maple syrup. Delish!

3) Make bread crumbs. These will be perfect for a Thanksgiving stuffing and they'll make any recipe that much tastier because the breadcrumbs will be fresh! Tear the baguette into small pieces and spread it out on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with garlic powder, thyme or rosemary, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Try these with one of our favorite recipes, Salmon Bites.

What do you do with your leftover baguette?

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