Late Night Food Inventions
Late, the other night I was craving nachos but there were no chips, tortillas, or even crackers in the house. I had cheddar cheese, sour cream, black beans, jalapenos. I ended up boiling some pasta and making really tasty Rigatoni Nachos.
Any esoteric, late night experiments out there??
Nacho pasta, I like it! Great topic. I've had some odd food combinations but I'll have to ponder to remember them.
As alot of these type stories start out... it was late and I was drunk. I had the fixings for Cubans but my then husband wanted a hamburger. We made Cuban burgers. He cooked the burgers and i topped the buns with ham, pickles, Swiss cheese and mustard. I wrapped them in foil and pressed them on the panino grill. They were great drunk and later on even better sober.
Thanks suzigirl-- I ate this last night at 11:30. what you don't see is all the hot sauce also added! It was really good! The flavor of ham is quite different than what you get from bacon. The ham made the burger taste like the beef was cooked rare (even though It was quite over cooked)..I would do this again...
Left over chicken fried rice mixed with some tomato sauce and packed into a tortilla with some slightly droopy lettuce. As an attempt to clean out the leftovers, it was pretty tasty!
I do a lot of late night improvised cooking. Recent examples:
- Gobi manchurian tacos. (Indian-Chinese cauliflower dish.)
- Pita bread pizzas topped with various things. (Salsa, egg and queso fresco; Brussel sprouts, garlic, egg and olive oil).
- A sort of mac-and-cheese/vegetable gratin to use up leftover odds and ends: bacon, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, pasta, cheddar, parmesan etc., cooked on the stove, then broiled briefly with crumbled croutons and crispy onions for a bit of crust. Topped it with a couple of eggs.
- Repeat item: finely chopped dried figs and almonds with a pinch of salt, a little maple syrup, and a few dashes of Angostura bitters; good topping for Greek yogurt.