Pro Chef Turns White Bread into 6 Dishes For Under $12 | The Smart Cook | Epicurious

Chef Dan Giusti returns to show you how surprisingly far you can stretch a loaf of white bread with nothing more than a few inexpensive ingredients and some ingenuity. Watch and learn as Dan prepares 6 dishes that each take white bread slices from the realm of bologna sandwiches to something unexpectedly delicious. The best part? It all comes in at under $12.

Dan Giusti, formerly the head chef of Noma, is the founder of Brigaid, a company that places professional chefs into institutional food spaces like public schools. Brigaid chefs bring their experience, knowledge and technique to institutional kitchens to improve food quality. Similar to how Brigaid works–by bringing professional chefs into institutional spaces to apply their knowledge to new environments– The Smart Cook intends to do the same by bringing Chef Dan’s experience and knowhow into your home with delicious recipes prepared on a budget.

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0:00 Introduction
0:50 Bread/Butter Blanket
3:49 Ribollita
7:49 Breadcrumbs/Fried Chicken Cutlets
9:47 Sweet Finishing Crumbs
11:10 Savory Finishing Crumbs
12:50 Bread Pudding
15:41 Conclusion

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Pro Chef Turns White Bread into 6 Dishes For Under $12 | The Smart Cook | Epicurious

13 Replies to “Pro Chef Turns White Bread into 6 Dishes For Under $12 | The Smart Cook | Epicurious”

  1. I think it’s more impressive to make a gourmet meal with whatever is available instead of making something fancy with the most exotic or obscure ingredients.

  2. Glad to hear he's still figuring out how to feed others instead of presenting to ostentatious others. This man knows food, and especially how important it is to have food.

    Keep it up Dan! You got a lot of young adults, under 18 youths, blue/white collar workers, and hungry folks rooting for you!

  3. I have 4 kids and 3 of them are VERY hungry boys. We sometimes get low on groceries or can't or don't want to run to the grocery store and he has helped give me so many ideas to utilize the stuff in my cupboards that I wouldn't know what to do with when I have limited ingredients!

  4. I appreciate how you explain that water is OK to use instead of chicken broth in soups. It is another way to save money also.

  5. I’ve seen a bread pudding made with hot cross buns- that looks delicious!????‍♀️????????????

  6. French toast would be another use and there's one use for stale bread Americans don't know about: Look up Semmelknödel – it's a stale bread dumpling very popular in southern Germany. It works well with any kind of meat that comes with a jus or gravy (pork roast is traditional) and it makes a main dish with a simple mushroom gravy. Easy to make, cheap, filling, no waste.

  7. Yeah, that butter breadcrumb blanket thing, not gonna lie, l'd have that double thickness covering the whole piece of fish!

  8. This dude is dope.

    Side note: is he like, SUPER tall? At 3:38 he holds a piece of what I assume to be a normal sized piece of white bread. It looks like a crouton in his fingers. Literally holding it with 2 fingers

  9. Can the same techniques for white bread apply for multi grain or whole wheat? Curious how different it would turn out

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