Bread is really good at soaking up oil. You can use dried bread, and then make croutons after it has soaked up the oil.
When I was in a navy galley, we used to make schnitzels for 120 people. After the basket, they would go in a big pan lined with slices of day-old bread.
The bread soaked up the oil, and after all the schnitzels were done, we would add garlic to the bread and let it dry in a low temperature oven for an hour.
I'm honestly not sure if this was done in order to soak up the oil, or in order to make use of the old bread, but it works as both anyway.