Thursday, November 08, 2012

Beautiful Bread and Leftovers

What to do with leftovers? Sometimes we have something leftover that by itself probably won't be eaten -- like the last 1/2 cup of oatmeal, the few spoonfuls of grits, or a lump of mashed potatoes.

Sometimes, I give up and just toss the leftovers, but I do hate wasting them if they could be useful. Recently, when we have extra oatmeal, I've been making this oatmeal cake, although I prefer candied orange peel and cranberries over raisins or chocolate chips.

Grits, I admit often get forgotten in the back of the refrigerator for some reason, but they make delicious grit fritters.

Rice, I usually stick in the freezer and save for making fried rice the next time I cook Chinese food. Here's my simple fried rice recipe:

  • Oil
  • Cold rice (if you froze it earlier, defrost it)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 1-2 Green onions, sliced

Fry the rice in oil. Whisk eggs, vegetables, salt, and sesame oil together. Pour over frying rice. Stir to scramble eggs. Add green onions and pepper.

But what about mashed potatoes? If I have a ton leftover, which doesn't happen often, I make shepherd's pie. Smaller amounts call for things like the bread above -- roasted garlic potato bread from my beloved Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook. The perfect companion to the broccoli cheese soup I'm about to make.

What do you do with annoying little leftover bits?


Merc said...

How funny. A new friend at church was just recommending the Artisan breads book. I had it in the back off my mind to look it up, but your recommendation has saved me the trouble of research :)

Jordana said...

The Artisan Bread books are definitely worth it. I have both the original and the healthy bread book and use them weekly.

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