In a small family like ours (3, hopefully to be 4), we often find ourselves with leftover hamburger and hot dog buns. Generally, we end up having to toss them. Over the weekend, I decided I wanted a salad for lunch and I had a craving for croutons, which I didn’t have. I eyed the hamburger buns on the counter and thought, why not? They’ve got great crust, they’re old, and likely to get older. So I did it–I turned them into croutons. And it was great. Even Little Boy G remarked, “Someone’s making pizza!” He ate several of them when it was all said and done. Here’s the simple recipe:
*Hamburger or hot dog buns
* Olive Oil
*Italian spices (Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, etc.)
*Romano, Parmesan cheese
Cut the buns, crust side up, into crouton (bite size) pieces. Place them into a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the bread for a good coating. Mix well with your hands, ensuring that each piece has a good coating of olive oil
Add a liberal amount of the spices and cheese. Don’t be shy–this is what will give the croutons their taste. Sprinkle with salt.
Bake in a 425F oven (I use the toaster oven–less energy is used and you don’t have to preheat) until toasty brown.
They’re great for soups and salads—Enjoy!