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Nov 6, 2012 12:24 PM

Soup kitchen challenge: a case of frozen unbaked Subway rolls

So today I found a whole case of frozen Subway sub buns - unrisen, unbaked. There are 70 of them in the box. I took a couple of the buns home just to see what I might do with them for next week. These are the things that, when risen and baked, are the buns they use at Subway sandwich places. In their frozen state, they're probably about 7 or 8 inches long and maybe 1/2 inch thick. Looks like a big breadstick. I figure, risen, they'll more than double in size.

Any genius ideas for something to do with these things that isn't just letting them rise and baking? The logistics are a bit problematic in any case, but if I could fancy them up a bit maybe they would be ok. Subway bread is just awful on its own.

My test buns are currently on my kitchen counter. I'm trying to figure out thawing/rising time. But beyond that I'm stumped.

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  1. You might want to check out the recipes here to get some inspiration:
    Thaw the dough in the fridge so you can work with it or cut it into pieces before you rise it.

    1. bread soup is a pretty thrifty usage for stuff like this, although i have no idea how bad those rolls really taste. i've never had one.

      strata could help stretch them out too.

      1. Can you smash them out into pizza crusts? I know the texture is all wrong but perhaps if they're rolled thin and baked in a hot oven they'd be passable? What about rolling them out, brushing with butter and sprinkling with cheese/sesame seeds/other seasoning and turning them into crescent rolls or something? Or roll out small pieces, fill them with something tasty and deep fry? Or deep fry pieces and dust with sugar for "doughnuts"?

        ETA: with Thanksgiving coming up, can you save them until a few days before, then bake them off and dry them out for stuffing?

        1. I like the idea of baking them, drying them out and using them for stuffing.

          Or what about garlic breadsticks to go with spaghetti and sauce? Thaw the dough, cut them into smaller pieces, and roll them out for easy baking - brush with melted butter, sprinkle with some garlic powder and grated Parm cheese, and bake.

          1. I don't know what else you have available, but they might work in a savory egg strata or sweet bread pudding.

            Otherwise, I'd have to think on that one for a bit. I'll get back to you if something pops in my mind.