Throwing away bread is a crime.

Not to say I’ve never done it, but I feel terrible guilt when I do. I make my own breadcrumbs (why buy them AND the bread that’s going in the trash!?!).  But sometimes more than just a few slices or buns are in danger of old age. Time for …


1/2 lb. Italian sausage, browned and drained
2-4 oz. pepperoni slices, diced
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1/4 cup finely diced green pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped black olives
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
8-10 oz. pizza sauce (or tomato sauce seasoned with Italian seasoning and garlic)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
4 leftover hamburger or hot dog buns
Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients except buns and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Add more pizza sauce if needed to hold other ingredients together. Divide mixture into 8 portions and spread one portion on each half of a bun. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place on a pan and broil in the oven until warm and bubbly.  

Serves: 2 very hungry people, or 4 if serving with additional sides.

Of course, you can use whatever toppings, in whatever combination, you want: leftover scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese; diced chicken, roasted red peppers and pesto; hamburger, ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions and cheese.  Just think about your favorite sandwich to order at a restaurant and make that combination.

Kid-friendly: mixing, measuring, choosing, spreading … and very little wait time for their reward!

College-kid-friendly too: cheap, no delivery charge, few dirty dishes … Just don’t get so proud of your accomplishment that you forget to turn off the broiler!!!  Yes … I remember college.

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