10. Bread Pudding
You can also enjoy cubed, day-old hot dog buns in Allrecipes’ Bread Pudding II recipe. Bread pudding had its origins as a way to use and enjoy stale bread. Add eggs, raisins, milk, and cinnamon sugar to your leftover buns for a sweet treat. For a savory option, check out the recipe for Savory Bread Pudding with Mushrooms and Parmesan Cheese from Epicurious. Vegetables such as onion, celery, green bell pepper, and parsley combine with mushrooms, Parmesan, and stale bread cubes for a flavorful dish.
Use day-old hot dog buns to make homemade croutons for topping salads. Simply slice each half bun lengthwise before cutting into cubes. Place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil before gently mixing well. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350-degree oven until brown, about 10-15 minutes. To make seasoned croutons, sprinkle with spices such as garlic salt, oregano, basil, and parsley before mixing with olive oil.
8. Garlic Cheese Bread
For a tasty side when serving pasta, use leftover hot dog buns to make garlic cheese bread. Brush each half of your hot dog bun with melted butter before sprinkling with garlic salt and topping with shredded mozzarella. For the best results, shred a block of cheese yourself rather than choosing pre-shredded packages. Pre-shredded cheeses often contain additives to prevent the tiny cheese fragments from sticking together. Unfortunately, this results in cheese that doesn’t melt as well. After topping your hot dog buns, pop in the oven at 350 degrees until the buns are toasted and the cheese is melted and golden brown.