By Dawn Perry
July 25, 2019
Corey Olsen

When grilling season leaves you with surplus hot dog buns, try one of these clever ideas to get through the extras. Split them apart, dip them in a simple batter, and fry them to golden perfection to make French toast sticks. Puree a couple in a savory base of onions and garlic for a light and silky soup. Or just go for it: Fill them with pudding and douse them in homemade chocolate glaze. Chances are you won’t miss the hot dog.

Alison Miksch

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French Toast Sticks

This simple French toast recipe is an ingenious riff on the breakfast classic, using hot dog buns in place of regular bread. The recipe plays off the original pain perdu better than a white loaf or baguette would because old-school French toast is made with old brioche, which is an egg-enriched dough—just like hot dog buns.

Get the recipe: French Toast Sticks

Alison Miksch

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Garlic Bread Soup

What more convincing do you need than hearing the words “garlic” and “bread” in a soup recipe? It’s essentially garlic bread heaven, turned into a creamy, velvety soup. Round this out into an entire meal with a pepper green salad and toasted bread for dunking. (A crisp white wine alongside wouldn’t hurt, either.)

Get the recipe: Garlic Bread Soup

Alison Miksch

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Hot Dog Bun Éclairs

These éclair-inspired treats come together in just fifteen minutes, thanks to simple store-bought ingredients like hotdog buns and readymade pudding. The result is a smart take on the bakery classic—hot dog buns are stuffed with vanilla pudding and then topped with a quick chocolately icing. With a little supervision, this is perfect hands-on project for kids.

Get the recipe: Hot Dog Bun Éclairs

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