The smell of fresh baked goods as you walk through the door of a bakery is amazing, making it extremely difficult to limit the amount of items you walk out with. If your eyes were bigger than your stomach during your last visit to the bakery, the odds are you didn't even make a dent in the number of the fresh baked potato buns you picked up for dinner. The good news is, just because you're out of hamburgers or hot dogs doesn't mean you have to toss the rest of the buns in the trash. There are several ways to put leftover buns to use. Here are a few ideas to help you get started using those leftover buns.
If your potato buns have been leftover for a few days and have become slightly firm, they will be perfect for meatballs. The crumbs soak up the juices from the meat and vegetables, creating a delicious meatball with excellent texture. Simply crumble the buns into your favorite meatball recipe and bake as you normally would.
Adding a few stale potato buns to soup can help to create a creamy, thick-textured soup. To use buns as a thickener for soup:
- Remove a cup or two of soup from the pan and put it into a bowl.
- Mash the leftover buns into the bowl of soup.
- Add the mixture back into the pan of soup.
Hint: this idea works great in all cream soups, especially homemade potato soup and cream of chicken soup.
Make a quick and tasty afternoon snack for the kids using your leftover buns.
- In a small bowl, mix one can of tomato paste, a dash of garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Spread the tomato mixture over the top of a bun half.
- Top with your favorite pizza toppings and mozzarella cheese.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven until the cheese melts and lightly browns.
Quick Skillet Breakfast
If you are looking for a delicious yet quick breakfast, this skillet breakfast recipe will be a perfect choice.
- In a skillet, crumble and cook your favorite breakfast sausage.
- Drain the grease.
- Crumble about 1 cup of the potato bun into small pieces.
- Scramble 3-4 large eggs.
- Add the eggs and buns to the sausage.
- Cook until the eggs are done, and top with your favorite cheese.
You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to finding ways to use your leftover potato buns. Buns can be used as a replacement for bread in almost any recipe. They are typically more filling than bread slices and tend to make foods more flavorful.