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What have you combined/repurposed lately?

boyzoma Jan 2, 2013 05:48 PM

We all do things after the Holidays, but what have you done lately? I love to hear what you all do with your leftover gems. A few days ago, I made Mushroom Risotto, Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Green Beans for dinner. Had Lots of sauce leftover, so tonight I made Penne' ala Vodka and added the leftover roasted red pepper sauce to it. Seriously good. I also used some Tri-Colored Penne' pasta. I made ham for New Years Day, so am planning some scalloped potatoes & ham later this week as well as split pea soup. What have you made lately that used up some leftover goodies?

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  1. geekmom RE: boyzoma Jan 2, 2013 06:58 PM

    We had a very large amount of leftover roast venison from Christmas dinner, along with a container of the incredibly flavourful gravy made from the roasting juices & marinade that had red wine and port in it. I made a mirepoix and added some diced potatoes, cooked those down and stirred in the leftover gravy and some chunks of meat - instant pot pie filling. It was a fantastic pie and I will be using this approach again next time I have leftovers of any kind of roast meat + gravy.

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      boyzoma RE: geekmom Jan 2, 2013 07:00 PM

      Wow. That sounds amazing. I want to come to your house!

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        Maggiethecat RE: geekmom Jan 2, 2013 09:26 PM

        This might sound like blasphemy to some, but I did basically the same thing with part of a leftover prime rib roast. It was the best beef pot pie we ever had.

      2. biondanonima RE: boyzoma Jan 2, 2013 07:44 PM

        I made a tiramisu-inspired Buche de Noel for Christmas and I had some of the ganache I used to frost it leftover. So, for the last week or so, I've been plopping a tablespoon of the ganache in a mug of hot milk and adding a stiff shot of kahlua and rum for the best hot chocolate ever!

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          boyzoma RE: biondanonima Jan 2, 2013 09:31 PM

          Oh, yum. What a great idea! My son and DIL gave us home-made Kahlua, applesauce, apple-spiced hard cider and blackberry liquor for Christmas. Along with that a number of little mini bottles of rum in cute little baskets. Great way to use some of them! Thanks for the ideas.

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            jbsiegel RE: biondanonima Jan 3, 2013 05:43 AM

            I like to use leftover ganache in chunks in my homemade ice cream - total yum!

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            sedimental RE: boyzoma Jan 2, 2013 08:46 PM

            I repurposed leftover rice and kimchee, into kimchee fried rice with spam and a poached egg on top. Really tasty...but I still have some spam left....(HMart spousal impulse buy) and we don't eat sandwiches much.....

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              ipsedixit RE: sedimental Jan 2, 2013 09:54 PM

              Kimchi fried rice with egg (fried usually).

              That's not something we "repurpose" in our household. It's something we do with purpose.

            2. KarenDW RE: boyzoma Jan 3, 2013 12:30 AM

              used eggnog (the real kind, with eggs, milk and no chemicals) to replace the sugar, eggs and milk in pancake batter. Worked just fine :)
              Chopped vegetables and meat get stirred into sauces of all sorts, over here, and then topped with puff pastry for pot pies.

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                jbsiegel RE: KarenDW Jan 3, 2013 05:44 AM

                I used some leftover ice cream with oatmeal. Good!

              2. Musie RE: boyzoma Jan 3, 2013 04:45 AM

                A couple nights ago I made a rice, leek and swiss gratin to go with a roast chicken. Last night I added some bacon, sauted mushrooms, green onion and what was left of the chicken to the remaining gratin, topped with fresh breadcrumbs tossed in olive oil to make a sorta rice based casserole. Very nice too.

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                  wonderwoman RE: boyzoma Jan 3, 2013 05:39 AM

                  i actually repurposed some heavy cream i found in my cousin's fridge to make christmas dinner dessert that was a big hit.

                  bought some cream cheese and nabisco famous chocolate wafers. combined the cream, cream cheese, confectioners sugar, vanilla, plus a few tablespoons of chambord (a gift no one drinks) make cream cheese frosting that i layered between the wafers in a glass bowl and topped with a few crushed wafers (the market had sold out of fresh raspberries).

                  1. jboeke RE: boyzoma Jan 3, 2013 06:25 AM

                    Topped chili with leftover corn souffle from a new years potluck - better than cornbread, and kind of like a shepards pie alternative! Might be a new standard for us.
                    Mashed up leftover roasted sweet potatoes into grits (cooked in chicken stock) and added raisins and pine nuts for an easy weeknight side.

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                      HillJ RE: boyzoma Jan 3, 2013 07:08 AM

                      We repurpose homemade mac and cheese as a hamburger topper quite often. What started out as a lark, took!

                      Cut cold mac n cheese into slabs.
                      Warm through on a flat stove top pan; flipping to heat both sides then top on your prepared hamburger.

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