Ever heard the old adage “Waste not, want not”? Basically it’s about making use out of everything you’ve got – even the tiny scraps or leftovers that might otherwise go to waste.
Well, that’s what came to mind when I saw the (ingenious) idea from another blogger (shout out!) to use old leftover hot dog buns for french toast sticks! Sounds weird, right? But the number of hot dogs in a package doesn’t align with the number of buns in a package so there’s always some weird leftover buns that typically sit around until they get stale and are thrown out in the trash. But no more, friends! Check this out:
First, I made a little egg mixture with some cracked eggs and a splash of milk. See here:
I split my hot dog buns in half long-ways (basically just tearing them down the middle) and dipped each half into the egg mixture. Next, I grilled them up on an electric griddle (a skillet would work, too), and dusted with some cinnamon.
Finally, I threw them on a plate (cut into bite-sized pieces for the kiddos), topped with a little powdered sugar, and had a small amount of syrup on the side for dipping.
Add some fruit and scrambled eggs and you’re looking at a complete breakfast! Made with food from my pantry I was probably going to throw away otherwise!
The kids loved it and I loved not wasting food and getting more bang for my buck since every last hot dog bun ended up being consumed instead of tossed!
Do you have any fun food hacks or ways you stretch a buck with old/leftover food?