Quick sticks

Confession: I hate wasting food, and though I do occasionally throw it away, I have also been known to put it to extremely—er, unorthodox use.

I just discovered a neat use for leftover hotdog buns. And it’s not even weird.

Slice the buns in half and arrange open-faced on a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle generously with garlic salt.

Place under broiler and toast for 3 minutes or until crispy golden brown.

Voilà! You have your own crusty breadsticks, already cut—the perfect accompaniment to soup or salad. Yum!

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11 years ago

I love this idea! And I have about half a dozen leftover hot dog buns languishing in my cupboard right this minute. Thanks for the tip!

11 years ago

My mom has done this; it’s a great idea!

On this rainy day, that is what I want. Soup and breadsticks!

11 years ago

Well, bravo, because that is so easy and we always seem to have just a few leftover. I hate freezing them because they start getting all cracky and ick. Thanks!! 🙂

11 years ago

Excellent idea! I love to read practical ideas for using up food. May I add to this idea? In addition to the butter and garlic salt, add italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. If I have it on hand, I’ll also top the bread with mozarella cheese.

11 years ago
Reply to  Carolyn

Oooh! Now this I like. Cheese was the next thing I wanted to try.

11 years ago

Oh, yes…I’ve done this before. It’s good stuff. I also like to use old hot dog buns for french toast. 🙂 We’re not super fond of hot dog buns around this house, so when we have them left over after a picnic I am also looking for alternate uses for them. (my family prefers regular bread over the buns with their hot dogs)

Yvonne Lapp
11 years ago

This evening I thought of you because I took your hotdog bun idea and put it to use. I experimented with garlic powder (of course they were all heavily buttered :O), parsley flakes, cummin, parmesan… And THEN! I did a few with cinnamon and sugar, broiled along with the others. They were fantastic!

Thanks for helping me clean out my fridge. 🙂


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