Making good of leftovers

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So I made a delicious beef bourgingnon recently as I often do, with loads of long cooked shin beef, red wine, onions, stock, some carrots, mushrooms and a dash of thyme. It was delish, and I planned on eating the leftovers the next night.

Then I had an idea - I'd turn it into a pie! I made pastry (not very well, I cant get it to roll out into a neat circle!) and popped the leftover stew in, and baked it up. Not only delicious, but it has meant the leftovers now last an extra day!

So tell me of your handy ideas for how you turn leftovers into a marvellous new meal!

Trayce (trayce), Friday, 21 April 2006 07:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

other good thing to do with that = reduce the liquid right down with teh meat being softer than anything - use as a stuffing for ravioli or similar.

Porkpie (porkpie), Friday, 21 April 2006 09:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

BUBBLE AND SQUEAK

Matt (Matt), Friday, 21 April 2006 10:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's usually the starch I have leftovers of, so it's tater pancakes and fried rice usually for me. Roasted meats wind up as sandwiches with lots of horseradish.

pixel farmer (Rock Hardy), Friday, 21 April 2006 11:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I eat leftovers cold, straight from the tupperware, for breakfast.

Mädchen (Madchen), Friday, 21 April 2006 14:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Leftover baked yams = risotto. Very yum. Also, leftover duck - make stock from the carcass to use in risotto, and chop the meat up to mix in. Mmmm. Meat stews and casseroles get reincarnated as pies, or rolled up into crepes and baked.

btw Madchen, cold toad in the hole! Delish!

Jaq (Jaq), Friday, 21 April 2006 15:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Mmm, cold toad. Mmm.

Mädchen (Madchen), Monday, 24 April 2006 10:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ooh, I made toad in the hole yesterday. Except I am a big fat pig and there wasn't any left over to eat cold. Bah. I'll make extra next time.

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 24 April 2006 12:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I gotta wok, I gotta lota herbs and spices, I got no problem with leftovers.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Monday, 24 April 2006 15:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Here's something to try with leftover rice: calas.

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 2 May 2006 21:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Here's something to try with leftover rice: creole calas.

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 2 May 2006 21:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Huh. Oh well. Make a double batch!

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 2 May 2006 21:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

Leftovers are my specialty, I think. If there's a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, I will make it into something else.

Example: (one of many)

I bought a bunch of Pakistani food in anticipation of not-cooking for the few days before Thanksgiving. I ate as much of it as I could, but there was a ton more left (dal palak in partic).

So the day after Thanksgiving, when I was all done eating American-European foods, I took some dal palak and mixed it with

* an egg
* leftover mashed potatoes

and fashioned it into pancakes, fried lightly in a nonstick pan
dipped into leftover raita (that came with the Pakistani food I ordered) and it was really good!!

I love leftovers. Today I am going to take some leftover takeout green papaya salad, add a bit of shredded chicken, and wrap up in rice paper with some greens. It will be delicious.

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 20:01 (six years ago) Permalink

this is making me sound way more smug than I really am -- more than anything I am pleased with efficiency (not throwing anything away) and enjoy repurposing things (in general, but esp w/r/t food)

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 20:07 (six years ago) Permalink

i am impressed by your repurposing

I never think of other things to do with leftovers when I start to get sick of them other than put them in a sandwich/put them in a tortilla/let them grow crazy amounts of mold when I forget about them :(

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 01:07 (six years ago) Permalink

ooh, or mix with trader joe's mac and cheese

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 01:07 (six years ago) Permalink

I do that a lot

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 01:07 (six years ago) Permalink

good meal hack

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 01:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Know what is another good vehicle for leftovers? Chilaquiles. Eggs, stale tortillas, whatever else you happen to have sitting around that's not enough to pack for lunch, scramble & eat.

Also if you've got a few leftover veggies but not enough to just eat alone, wrap it up w/ cheese of your choice in puff pastry. Poof, you have a galette.

passion it person (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 02:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Both brilliant ideas - chilaquiles are great for any meal too.

I'm all about soups/stews - I've got about 4 lbs of slow roasted pork shoulder in the fridge right now to use up through the week. Tonight, 2 cans Muir Glen fire-roasted diced tomatoes (b/c they are THE BEST), about a pound of the pork coarsely chopped, 2 cups of crimini mushrooms in big chunks, 1 big chipotle in adobo, cumin, mexican oregano, epazote, and about a cup of leftover chicken stock made an amazing stew in about 20 minutes.

Jaq, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 02:56 (six years ago) Permalink

that sounds great.

i'm admiring your airy last sentence, la lechera.

estela, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 02:59 (six years ago) Permalink

my kinda magic imo

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 03:29 (six years ago) Permalink

jaq your stew sounds great -- it reminds me of my favorite "uh oh these sweet/potatoes are about to go bad" curry. (tomatoes, garbanzos, sweet or regular potatoes, onions, buncha spices, something green, voila)

passion it person (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 04:06 (six years ago) Permalink

you can also throw part of an old curry in there and just make it new-old curry
no one will ever know!

passion it person (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 04:09 (six years ago) Permalink

I am a wizard with a can of those tomatoes and a pile of spices :) I'm going to try a curry tomorrow - never really made one!

Jaq, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 05:30 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

WTF

http://leftoverswap.com/

the rofflestomper (dandydonweiner), Thursday, 8 August 2013 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink


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