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Aug 4, 2006 12:01 AM

Better the next day

Mom use to make a terrific sour beef and dumplings, and always made plenty ,there were seven of us. The sour beef was good but it always tasted soooo much better the next day. Any other dishes that tasted better as "leftovers"?

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  1. Most creole bean dishes like white beans and ham, hoppin john or red beans and rice improve over the course or a day or two. I also think that a lot of baked pasta dishes and eggplant parmesan are better the next day

    1. Yup! Chilis... Stews, Macaroni and Cheese! Anything with a lot of spice, flavor or components I think really benefits with a rest so the flavors really come together and penetrate! :)


      1. Pizza

        Beef stew

        Pumpkin pie

        Chinese Oxtail soup

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          can you describe the oxtail soup (recipe?)

          1. re: kare_raisu

            Versions differ depending on how your mama cooks, but my mom always made one that was basically minestrone with ox tails instead of regular beef. Koreans do a plain ox tail broth with only garlic cloves added. Home cooking board for the full recipes...

            1. re: Pei

              Yup, Pei hit it right on the head.

              Take any minestrone recipe (but don't use chicken stock, use water) and add oxtail.

        2. Many Indian dishes with complex spices are better after a few hours.

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          1. re: cheryl_h

            How true! Every time I make an Indian meal for company, I make the curry dish(es) the night before. Saves time on the day of, you and your hair get to not smell of onions/garlic/spices and tastes better to boot. Now if only I could shake that feeling of mom cringing at the thought of me serving "stale" food to my guests!

          2. I think burritos taste better the next day. The tortilla gets a little soggy (or really soggy, if it's a steamed tortilla), but the flavors blend together more after a day in the fridge.

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            1. re: Humbucker

              Yes! I always save half when I get burritos, or any caribbean dish... better the next day...or 3 days later!

              Also osso bucco comes to mind.