September 23, 2022

27 ways to turn leftover food into a new meal

“There’s no salty food that doesn’t belong in this dish. Add it and it’s guaranteed to be delicious.”

There’s no worse feeling than wasting perfectly good food. So Reddit u/janoseye asked, “Everyone knows you can use stale bread for French toast or yesterday’s rice for fried rice, but what other recipes can you use to save ingredients from the trash? ?” Here’s what home cooks had to say.


“Turn overcooked pizza dough into foccacia, stale foccacia into croutons, croutons into breadcrumbs, and breadcrumbs into meatballs. It’s the circle of life.”


“Quiche or any type of baked egg dish. I first learned this from Alton Brown. You can take just about any savory dish (fresh or leftover) and turn it into into a delicious quiche or frittata.”


“When the cherry or grape tomatoes start to carve, I like to sauté them with garlic and herbs until they’re puffy and juicy. I top them with lemon juice and they make a great side or appetizer. Or I serve them with your favorite protein like roast chicken.”


“I use leftover mashed potatoes to make gnocchi. Just add egg, flour and salt, and you have homemade potato dumplings ready to be boiled and served with your sauce. favourite.”


“Save your parmesan rinds and add them to homemade soups and sauces. It really adds an extra kick of umami flavor.”


“Old bananas about to get too ripe to eat make an absolutely glorious shake. Just add ice cream and vanilla ice cream or yogurt.”


“Save your old, nearly expired tortilla chips and make chilaquiles. This Mexican breakfast is best with old tortillas. Or turn them into migas tacos with scrambled eggs.”


“If you’re peeling shrimp, save the shells to make homemade seafood broth. The same goes for lobster, mussels, even fish bones or heads. Freeze and blend to get great seafood broth. And of course, you can do the same with leftover vegetables for vegetable broth.”


“Turn all your leftover assorted cheeses – a little gouda here, a little cheddar or gruyere there – into a quiche or strong cheese. Or add them to your macaroni and cheese sauce. The different cheeses pass at the top level.”


“Bacon grease is essential. Use it to fry anything, but know that you haven’t lived until you’ve replaced it with butter to make the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. all the time.”


“You can shock old vegetables in ice water to restore the original crispiness. If you have vegetables like celery, greens, and peppers that haven’t gone bad but are starting to lose their crispiness, Just soak them for two minutes in ice water and they’ll taste like new.”


“I make pasta primavera at the end of the week or as the last meal before shopping. It’s a delicious way to use up my leftover vegetables.”


“Leftover cooked rice becomes rice pudding simply by heating one part rice, one part milk (or condensed milk), and any sweetener or flavor you want on the stovetop. Just put it in a pot and to stir over high heat until it thickens to your liking. consistency.”


“I recently ate some stale olive bread. I decided to take a chance and try making savory French toast. Turns out it was amazing. I made an egg dip with it. herbs and salt and I topped the French toast with fig balsamic and olive oil. was amazing and proof that any stale bread (olives included!) makes delicious French toast.”


“I like to caramelize sliced ​​overripe bananas in butter. Then I sprinkle them with brown sugar and a tiny bit of salt. Oh my god, they’re amazing on their own or on a scoop of ice cream.”


“No one will notice that the vegetables are a little soft and wrinkled if you roast them. Toss pretty much any old vegetables in the oven with lots of onion, garlic and paprika powder. I like to wrap them all in tortillas like veggie tacos. It’s so good.”


“I make fried rice using just about anything left in my fridge⁠ – not just the rice from the night before. I’ll throw in anything from ribs and chopped egg whites to deli meats that don’t wasn’t part of my lunch sandwich.”


“Take your leftover mashed potatoes and make pies or pierogies out of them. Or make croquettes out of them and freeze them for later.”


“If you have a sourdough starter, use the scrap as a batter to make amazing scallion pancakes.”


“I mix leftover semi-stale bread into soups and sauces to thicken them and make them creamier.”


“I often make omelets with just about any leftover ingredients. I throw in chunks of anything from canned fish to kimchi.”


“My favorite way to use up leftover food is to take day-old vegetables and mashed potatoes and fry them in the classic British recipe, boil and squeak.”


“I make shakshuka from so many different ingredients. Take whatever sauce, greens you have in the fridge, and extra leftovers (feta, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, avocado, etc.) and bring them to a simmer together in a skillet Crack an egg on top, cover until the egg sets a little and dig in.


“Turn leftover burgers and buns from a barbecue into meat sauce and garlic bread. It’s nothing fancy, but it easily becomes a pretty tasty spaghetti dinner.”


“Just about any leftover cooked meat – chicken, sausage, chorizo, meatballs, chuck roast, etc. – can become a very satisfying and hearty jambalaya or dirty rice.”


“When I have leftover Chinese takeout fried rice, I use it to make amazing stuffed peppers. Just cut off the tops of the peppers, stuff them with rice, and bake.”


“Take your leftover fish like cod or salmon and make fish cakes. In general, I find leftover cooked fish to be quite disgusting because it’s very difficult to reheat it in a way that makes it enjoyable to eat. Plus it stinks of the house when you put it in the microwave My solution: use a fork to crumble the fish and toss it into any crab cake recipe with breadcrumbs, Dijon, eggs , mayonnaise and spices. Baked or fried, it’s really good.”

What’s your favorite way to use leftover food or leftovers? Tell me in the comments below!