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21.8.15

USING LEFTOVERS AND SUBSTITUTIONS


Using Leftovers And Substitutions

- is the holy grail of thrift and creativity,
- often a time saver, since part of the meal is already made
- can be the start of new and delicious homey meals,
- may not always be good for the waistline so eat less. :-)

There are things I always make too much of, for instance I don’t think we ever finished a cheese sauce I make for cauliflower.  We had company and I overestimated the cheese sauce again and I ended up with half a jug of it in the fridge. It did not come together to serve it again. It was time to bake bread anyway and I thought why not make a cheesy bread? That is how it started. I replaced part of the liquid with the leftover cheese sauce in the recipe. To be precise I used 1-1/4 cups of cheese sauce in place of 1-1/8 cups of water. The result was a little flatter but delicately soft bread with a slight cheese flavour. The actual bread recipe is coming later.

here is the Cheesy Bread:
 
I don’t think it makes much sense to make cheese sauce for making bread, there are other ways to make cheese bread, but it is a good example how one can use up leftovers. Of course, there are failures too.  Not long ago I made spaghetti with meatballs and I threw in some chopped up leftover meatloaf. We ate the meatballs and pushed the meatloaf bits aside. I will not do that again.

A while back I made too much meat sauce, I know what you are thinking, for a Hungarian I make a lot of Italian dishes. Anyway, I wanted to make a lasagna with the leftover meat sauce, but I had no ricotta cheese or spinach. However, I had cream cheese and broccoli plus a half a tub of artichoke dip that also needed to be used.  

here is the amazing Artichoke Broccoli Lasagna I made from leftovers and substitutions:


My lasagna recipe is here

and here is what I replaced the ricotta-spinach layer with:

8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg yolk
1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
1/3 cup artichoke dip from the deli

  • Beat the cream with the sour cream to soften it. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to blend. 

I confess I also made fresh lasagna pasta and this turned out to be a dangerously good lasagna. On the other hand if you are ever short of ricotta... you know what to do. I must not forget, I dedicate this post to Maria for all the wonderful innovations she does with food and to Eva for the bread. But more about Eva's bread later.

10 comments:

  1. Love this frugal method of cooking... great ideas!

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    1. Thank you Lizzy! I am hoping to hear about your trip to Hungary. Maybe in one of your creative posts? :-)

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  2. Glad to see you back! This sounds like a great way to use up those leftovers, and it looks scrumptious!

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    1. Thank you Kathy, I have a few dozen recipes to process and after that I will post less often, but I plan to be around for a little while longer. :-)

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  3. Hello! I just found your blog, and am speechless with amazement. What an achievement. Problem is, I can't figure out how to subscribe. The post (atom) thing doesn't work. Would you be so kind as to explain? I guess you can tell that I am not internet savvy. Thank you!

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    1. Hi! Well I am not sure of that.

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  4. This post caught my eye immediately since, as you know, re-imagining leftovers is very important for someone who cooks for 1 and doesn't want to throw away odds and ends. Great ideas and even if some of them don't QUITE work out the first time, I'm sure they can be re-imagined next time.

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    1. Lara, even with two people, and we even eat less these days, leftovers is a challenge. Sometimes it isn't enough left more than for one meal. So I started to give my husband the leftover, he prefers it, and I boil an egg or make a sandwich for myself.

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  5. What a brilliant use of leftovers! You could serve this at a dinner party. I really think that some of my best creations have some from combining a bunch of leftovers, and from the looks of this, that looks like it happens in your kitchen as well. :)

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    1. That is because you are a "cooker" as well. [My granddaughter calls me that.] Peach Lady it is the same with everything creative. Some of my best quilts were made when I ran short from a particular fabric.

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