Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Foodie - Stuffed Buns

So I have my kitchen stuff but it is spread all over the house in boxes. My cookbook shelves are up and mocking me (yeah I have a whole bookcase dedicated to cookbooks; what's it to you?) In lieu of that fact I didn't cook last night. We all went to the Kona Grill happy hour. Do you have one of these close? Best happy hour ever. Try the margarita's (on the rocks, no salt). Ladies, we get ours for a dollar less than the guys. Oh yes it pays to have girl parts.

I posted this recipe back when I had all of 5 readers (I have a couple of more now. Not many but a couple of faithful. I love you guys). I can't explain how much we love this recipe. It is one of those Great Depression era things.

I’m a vegetarian living in a household of omnivores. So, I spend a lot of time trying to feed my husband and sons less meat. I’ve gone on a subtle crusade of switching them over. Not because I don’t want them to eat meat, though I think it would be very good for them, but because at heart I am really lazy. Making two different meals or variations of one is really bugging me.

I failed to mention I’m also cheap and a vegetarian diet is about as cheap as you can get. When chicken is over two dollars a pound for the tortured ones and over three dollars a pound for the free range treated nicely kind, a dollar for tofu looks pretty good.

Enough said on that issue. Here is a recipe that goes over really well in my house, mostly, because it tastes like pizza. It is a Great Depression era recipe that I got from my late mother-in-law. I’m sure it had been passed down to her.

These taste great, have enough protein, make great lunches the next day, and best of all no meat. Take it from me (a lazy person), the initial investment in time is well worth it. You can also play with this recipe. Think veggie pizza!

Stuffed Buns

These can be hard rolls, store bought or home made pizza crust, bread dough (I make my own with garlic, rosemary, oregano, and basil in the food processor), puff pastry, etc. I think that crescent dinner roll dough would make nice bite size buns. I haven’t tried it yet but I think I will soon (great party food). Anyway, you’ll need enough of whatever you choose for one dozen.

3 eggs, hard boiled
1 to 1 ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped(I usually use 2 but I love garlic)
¼ to ½ cup tomato sauce, I think pasta sauce in a jar would work also.
¼ cup olives, chopped fine

Optional add ins: 1 tablespoon or so: cooked spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, etc.

Sauté onion and garlic (and any fresh veggie add ins) in a little olive oil just to soften. Mix all rest of the filling ingredients together to make a thick paste. You can adjust any of the ingredients to your own taste. Here comes the tricky part.

If you went with the hard rolls you have to cut the tops off the very top, retain this part. Scope out the insides. I keep this part to make stuffing, croutons, etc. later on. Fill the insides with the filling mixture, replace the tops. Wrap in waxed paper and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in 250 degree oven for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

If you went with any of the dough combinations: divide it up into about 8 to 12 pieces. Flatten out and place about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the filling mixture into the middle of each piece. Roll up and seal the edges. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

All the ingredients are approximate. Since this was one of those passed down recipes nothing was exact. I think I got the portions right. I just made them last week so I tried to remember how I did it. I kind of toss in a little of this and a little of that when I cook so let me know if I need to adjust something. Just remember have fun and play with it.

I must make these this weekend. Yum Yum!


p.s. Big thanks to all of you for reading my son's blog post. He had fun with it. Whether I can get him to do it on a regular basis is under debate. He is witty, funny, and smart. I'm taking all the credit of course.


  1. It sounds wonderful, but I'm giving up grains and refined carbohydrates for the time being, so no buns (I have insulin issues).

    However, I did buy some extra firm tofu yesterday and am going to give it a whirl, first in a stir-fry. I have no problem with doing the vegetarian thing occasionally, and I understand the isoflavones in soy can help with my menopause symptoms.

  2. The stuffed buns sounds great to me.

    And I just wanted to add that I did read your son's post, but I don't think I commented on it. I've been a bit of a bloggy slacker this week -sorry.

  3. You said "stuffed buns!"

    Bwa ha ha ha hahahahah ha!

  4. I just ordered pizza but those stuffed buns look great. I'm off to read what your kid wrote. It's been a hellish week here so I'm behind but I'll catch up someday. Yay for having your belongings back.

  5. Sounds great! I love trying out new recipes - especially when they are *healthy*.

  6. These sound good, although my lot would probably pick it apart looking for the meat.

  7. It started to sound good until I read....yellow squash and eggplant!!! I am soooo not a vegetarian!!!
    We also have about 30 cookbooks...but, Hot Sexy Husband uses them the most.

  8. I gotta say, lazy beats any other reason for me every time, all the time

  9. It sounds good, but then I always say the same thing to my wife when she shows me a recipe without pictures. If I can't see it I have no idea what it is.

  10. I bet I could do a kid-friendly version of stuffed buns! Good idea!

  11. For the record, my girls should EACH be a dollar off on drinks. Good savings and a boost in confidence. You can't beat that!

  12. I read your blog, get ready to comment, start reading everyone elses posts and forget what I was going to say, shish.

    Anyway, thanks for another neat food idea.


  13. These buns sound great! We are far from vegetarians around here, but I keep reading/hearing about how bad red meat (especially) is for the colon. So we are patting ourselves on the back for our vegetarian pasta meal (last night) and tonight's cheese fondue casserole. And I don't even want to know how bad Swiss cheese is for you.