WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVERS
Most of this is common sense types of ideas, so if you have any of your
own, please share, as I am always looking for new ways to recycle
MEATLOAF I - break up, add some tomato puree or sauce, and
make into a refreshingly different meat sauce for spaghetti.
MEATLOAF II - break up, add one can of cream of mushroom soup
and heat in skillet. When warmed through, add a small container of
sour cream. Serve over egg noodles. This also works well with
leftover hamburger patties.
SALMON CASSEROLE - Remove from fridge and let come to room
temperature. Break up and if necessary, add milk or an egg or two.
Form into croquettes/patties and coat in a mixture that is half
cornmeal and half flour. Pan fry until golden brown.
POT ROAST - Shred or chop leftover pot roast. In a Dutch oven,
sautÃ© one medium onion, chopped, in oil, until done. Add the
shredded beef. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder and cook
1 minute. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, one small can of chopped green
chiles, and 1/2 cup water. Reduce heat to low and let simmer about
30 minutes. Check often to see if you need to add more water. The
consistency should be about stew consistency, but not as wet as
soup. When meat is done, stir 1 tablespoon flour into 1/4 cup water
until blended. Slowly add flour mixture to meat and cook over
medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup
shredded Monterrey Jack cheese until melted. Spoon some of the
burrito mixture into a warmed flour tortilla, add salsa, sour cream,
avocados, onions or whatever suits you.
FRIED CHICKEN - Although we don’t often have much of this left
over (I like it cold!), when we do have an abundance, I remove the
skin, shred the meat and either use it in my favorite casserole, or,
even better, make chicken salad, which takes on a whole new taste
if you also use just a bit of the crust (but not the skin) from the
SLOPPY JOE MEAT MIXTURE - Spread the leftover meat mixture
over a pizza crust (I use a store bought one), cover with cheddar
cheese and bake in a 400 degree oven until heated through and
the cheese is melted, approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Really quick,
really easy, and really different! I also make this from scratch using
canned Sloppy Joe Mix.
HAMBURGERS - break up hamburgers into loose meat. Brush a
premade pizza crust with olive oil, spread the meat over the crust.
Sprinkle lightly with onion powder. Top with cheddar cheese (or a
mixture of cheddar and Monterrey Jack) and crumbled bacon and
bake in a 400 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes until heated through
and the cheese is melted. Voila! Bacon cheeseburger pizza!