4. Panzanella Salad
Toast cubed hot dog bun leftovers in olive oil to make a veggie-packed Panzanella salad. Ina Garten has a Panzanella recipe that includes chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, red onions, basil, and capers. The toasted bread cubes and veggies are tossed with a tasty vinaigrette made up of garlic, Dijon mustard, champagne vinegar, olive oil, and spices. This salad makes a great accompaniment to roast chicken, pan-fried steaks, or grilled portobello mushrooms.
3. Sloppy Joes
Toasted hot dog buns work great for sloppy joes. You can always grab a can of sloppy joe sauce from the store. However, mixing up a batch of homemade sloppy joes is simpler than you might think, and the results taste amazing. Plus, you avoid the additives in canned and processed foods. Try this recipe for The Best Homemade Sloppy Joes sauce from The Chunky Chef. This recipe calls for combing browned ground beef with sautéed green peppers, garlic, and onion. Tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce make up the rich, tomatoey sauce.
2. Soup Thickener
If you enjoy a thick soup, you don’t need to resort to adding cream or flour to your broth. There are several techniques you can use to thicken soups with bread. Try Tyler Florence’s recipe for French Onion Soup using toasted hot dog buns in place of the baguette. French onion soup isn’t the only soup that can benefit from a toasted slice of bread on top. Whether you are making a wild mushroom soup, a beef stew, or a vegetable and broth concoction, toasted hot dog buns can add flavor and texture, and help fill you up.