Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cheesy Garlic Buns

Every time I buy buns I always seem to end up throwing a few away. A few nights ago Brad grilled hot dogs. We had some buns leftover I knew I would end up trashing because although they aren't moldy or completely stale, they're past the point of being fresh and I didn't buy anything to use with the hot dog buns for this weeks menu. I forgot to buy garlic bread and saw the sad little buns setting on the counter and said, hmmm. I turned the oven on, slathered them butter and sprinkled them with a garlic powder, mozzarella, salt, pepper, parsley, oregano and basil concoction. I browned them and they were a hit. Everyone really liked these and I feel good not wasting any money by throwing the unused, less than fresh buns away!

CHEESY GARLIC BUNS
leftover buns ( I used 3 hot dog buns)
butter
shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1/4- 1/2 cup)
garlic powder (about 1 tsp)
salt (about 1/4 tsp)
pepper (about 1/8 tsp)
parsley (about 1 tsp)
oregano (about 1/8 tsp)
basil (about 1/8 tsp)

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly spray cookie sheet. Open buns and place crusty side down. Spread butter onto flat side of bread. Mix cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, oregano and basil. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Sprinkle cheese mixture onto buttered surface of buns. Bake until golden brown (about 10 minutes).

22 comments:

jjnhubbs said...

Yum! I love doing this! In makes me grumpy to have to throw things away. Next time you have leftover hamburger buns and you don't want to make garlic bread, use them to make french toast. I saw it a week or two ago on Southern Plate, so after we had hamburgers last week I turned the 4 extra buns into breakfast! Delish!

Rachel said...

What a great idea! It never fails that we, too, have a couple/few extra buns that get thrown out and there's nothing that bugs me more than wasting food!

the ungourmet said...

What a great idea Heidi! We always have leftovers as well and I end up throwing them in the freezer and forgetting them. When I finally remember, they are all freezer burned and I have to throw them away. I am definitely going to use your idea next time.

Delectable Dining said...

Oh my goodness do these look awesome! We are always throwing away one or two buns... great idea!

girlichef said...

mmmmmm....nice buns! These rock. Love the flavors and I waste far too many buns as well...great idea :)

Julie said...

They look so yummy! I also like to toast leftover buns with butter and cinnamon/sugar.

Kristen said...

very yummy, great idea :o)

Katy ~ said...

Clever, clever. We run into that too, rolls that go stale and then what? So this is an idea that we can certainly use. I also like JJNHUBS idea of making French toast.

I've seen that leftover old-fashioned donuts used in the similar manner.

Money is tight in our house, too, so it's good to see these ideas.

Denise said...

What a smart idea. I always have 1 or 2 left.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Those look great. All that cheese yummo, you can also make french toast out of leftover hotdog and hamburger buns. I always have leftover buns as well.

meandtheblueskies said...

That's a smart way to reuse leftover hot dog buns! Great idea. Love your blog header too. Stoppy by from SITS. If you get a chance, stop by my blog and enter my one year anniversary contest.

♥peachkins♥ said...

These are tasty looking garlic buns.Hello. It's my first time here and I must say you have such great recipes...

Snow White said...

we did this all the time growing up :)

Kathy said...

Can't wait to try this. I can't believe I never thought of doing this before....duh!

Teashop Girl said...

My goodness, these look amazing. Really anything with the words "garlic" and "cheese" in the name will get me, though. :)

Krista said...

I love this idea for using leftover buns! We always end up with a few stale ones at the back of the bread drawer too. I'll definitely be trying this out the next time I need garlic bread.

John Deere Mom said...

Yum, yum! Thanks for this great idea!

Kathy said...

How funny, I do the same thing with our leftover hotdog buns! I've even done hamburger buns and cut into strips!!! Gotta use what ya have - especially in this economy!!! I'm glad to hear I'm normal!!! ;) lol...

Lara said...

What a creative way to make your food go further.

teresa said...

This is such a great way to use up those buns! My family would love this!

Mary at My New 30 said...

Very clever and they look awesome!

icook said...

LOVE THIS!!! I love bread and I love NOT throwing things away- great idea!1