Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Creative Ways to Use Leftovers
Crush leftover chips (i.e. potato, tortilla, corn) and use as a casserole topping. Can also be used as a coating for chicken or pork that has been dipped in egg, then baked at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
Flash freeze leftover grapes or berries on a cookie sheet. Once they are frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container that is kept in the freezer and used later in smoothies, recipes, or as a quick snack.
To make croutons, cut stale bread into cubes; brush with olive oil; sprinkle garlic or onion powder on top; and bake at 400 degrees until golden brown. You can also use other toppings such as parmesan cheese, oregano, dill, and/or parsley.
Keep a large freezer bag in the freezer to store small bits of leftover vegetables such as beans, carrots, and corn. When the bag is full dump everything into a large soup pot; add beef, chicken, or vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, and your favorite seasonings for a yummy soup. Note: can also add cooked ground beef, sausage, or turkey.
This really isn’t an issue for me because I never have leftover wine. Good to the last drop! But, in case you do it can be frozen in ice cube trays; then remove and seal the cubes in freezer bags for a quick and tasty addition to recipes such as spaghetti sauce. The same thing can be done with leftover chicken broth.