When my mom had stale bread, she would never throw it away. Instead, she would arrange the bread slices on a plate in one layer.
Sprinkle the bread with cold water, not too much, onto the bread. Drizzle with good olive oil, salt, thin slices of red onion, about 3-4 ripened Roma tomatoes, fresh basil. Let it sit out for a few minutes. Enjoy with a glass of wine, some provolone and olives. It becomes a feast!
Approximately 6-7 slices of stale bread (preferably Italian style)
Red ripe Roma tomatoes*
1/2 red onion
1/4 cup cold fresh water
3 TBS red wine vinegar
1/4 cup good olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil leaves
*Very important step - take halved tomatoes a rub it into the bread (this is what my mom did.)