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Hue Aug 4, 2006 12:01 AM

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"?

  1. frankiii Aug 4, 2006 12:12 AM

    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. Dommy Aug 4, 2006 12:23 AM

      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. ipsedixit Aug 4, 2006 12:28 AM


        Beef stew

        Pumpkin pie

        Chinese Oxtail soup

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          kare_raisu Aug 4, 2006 01:07 AM

          can you describe the oxtail soup (recipe?)

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            Pei Aug 4, 2006 03:35 AM

            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
              ipsedixit Aug 4, 2006 05:12 PM

              Yup, Pei hit it right on the head.

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

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          cheryl_h Aug 4, 2006 01:12 AM

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

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          1. re: cheryl_h
            sweetTooth Aug 4, 2006 04:04 AM

            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!

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            Humbucker Aug 4, 2006 01:23 AM

            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
              danna Aug 4, 2006 02:27 PM

              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.

            2. mabziegurl Aug 4, 2006 01:49 AM

              Chinese stewed oxtail...

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                rainey Aug 4, 2006 02:00 AM

                Lasagna, ratatouille, corn chowder.

                Gotta agree about the Indian. We always order waaay too much to get a variety of foods and also a great breakfast the next day.

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                  piccola Aug 4, 2006 04:27 AM

                  I think there are two categories of food that qualify: soups, stews and other dishes where flavours "meld," as others have said; and food that tastes better a little stale/cold.

                  In the latter category, I'd include pizza, pasta, frittata/quiche, any kind of takeout.

                  Some foods are also better when the leftovers are reused. For example, risotto balls are much better than fresh risotto, in my opinion.

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                    vanillagrrl Aug 4, 2006 04:31 AM

                    Chocolate cakes made from Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines boxes and the premade tubs of frosting.

                    1. Low Country Jon Aug 4, 2006 04:32 AM

                      Pot likker. The longer you keep it in the fridge (within reason), the more the flavor deepens.

                      1. Will Owen Aug 4, 2006 06:59 AM

                        As Dommy said, anything with lots of ingredients that need to talk to each other. On the few occasions that I decide to have a potato salad on the same day I make it, I always try to have it in the fridge before noon if I'm to serve it at supper. Mac salad and creamy coleslaw the same.

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                          wild child Aug 4, 2006 02:17 PM


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                            brady73 Aug 4, 2006 02:32 PM

                            vindaloo from the local take-out tastes 3 times better the next day....soups are also better the next day in my opinion.

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                              JBC Aug 4, 2006 03:24 PM

                              Chili, Soup, complex ingredient preparations need to talk to each other, boil and simmer together for hours, and reduce and meld together as one in the fridge overnight to produce a gastronomic masterpiece when heated the next day.

                              Example - The Chili preparation at L.A.'s Saddle Peak Lodge:


                              1. Pat Hammond Aug 4, 2006 03:33 PM

                                I always make coq au vin a day before I'll need it.

                                1. carswell Aug 4, 2006 05:16 PM

                                  Lots of Indian dishes taste better with some time on them.

                                  And many French *daubes* (e.g. beef stew with red wine and prunes) are traditionally reheated two or three times before serving, since only then do the flavours meld.

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                                    Nicole Aug 4, 2006 05:39 PM

                                    Ditto on chili, lasagna, and pizza.

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                                      valerie Aug 4, 2006 05:55 PM

                                      Brisket. Definitely brisket. I have 5 lbs. of it in my oven right now cooking away. Smells heavenly!

                                      I was planning to freeze the whole thing for after I have a baby in a few weeks, but I just found out that my friends are coming over for dinner tomorrow night. So, some will be served to them and the rest will go in the freezer. Mmmm....

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                                        slacker Aug 4, 2006 06:13 PM

                                        Don't mean to be a heathen, but, KFC original recipe. Eat it cold the next day, preferably with some rum punch, and even more preferably, laying on the beach somewhere in Jamaica.

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                                          CravingLady Aug 4, 2006 06:31 PM

                                          Boeuf Bourguignonne

                                          1. Tee Aug 4, 2006 06:44 PM

                                            my wife's cole slaw, it just gets better and better....

                                            1. ipsedixit Aug 4, 2006 06:53 PM

                                              Actually, now that I think about it, mojo potatoes from Shakey's definitely age very well ...

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                                                xica14 Aug 4, 2006 07:26 PM

                                                Banana nut bread

                                                1. pescatarian Aug 4, 2006 07:31 PM

                                                  Anything "pickled" or in a vinaigrette that needs to absorb flavours - cucumber salad, mango salad, etc.
                                                  Most dips - hummos, guacamole, etc.
                                                  Most baked pasta dishes.
                                                  Muffaletta sandwiches - they have to sit in the fridge wrapped and compressed for at least a day to meld together.
                                                  Most soups - especially cabbage borscht.

                                                  1. jfood Aug 4, 2006 07:34 PM

                                                    Let me take a different tack. I cannot think of anything that does NOT taste better the next day.

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                                                    1. re: jfood
                                                      pescatarian Aug 4, 2006 07:40 PM

                                                      sushi, muffins - both do not taste better the next day

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                                                        carswell Aug 4, 2006 07:44 PM

                                                        Ditto cornbread.

                                                      2. re: jfood
                                                        JBC Aug 4, 2006 08:00 PM

                                                        A opened can of beer doesn't improve the next day.

                                                        1. re: jfood
                                                          jfood Aug 4, 2006 08:12 PM

                                                          I humbly stand corrected, so I will rephrase. Except for a few items (examples below)I think that almost everything tastes better the next day.

                                                        2. rumgum Aug 4, 2006 09:04 PM

                                                          Filipino dishes like Chicken Adobo and Sinigang are great as leftovers.

                                                          1. MplsM ary Aug 4, 2006 10:26 PM

                                                            Spaghetti. Cold, for breakfast the next day with buttered toast. Bliss.

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                                                              Linda VH Aug 5, 2006 01:39 PM

                                                              Linguine Bolognese very spicy sauteed the next day, NOT microwaved but sauteed. MMMMMM think I'll have that tonight. Linda

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