Sunday, 28 January 2018

Leftovers: Waste Not, Want Not

Leftovers don't have to be boring. All you need is a little creativity, a bit of a foodie gene within your bones, and you're good to go.

Today while my wife was out I had the opportunity to surprise her with another foodie creation, but this one was made up almost entirely of refrigerator leftovers. It was a huge hit, as proved by how much we both ate; clearly more than we probably should have. Yum.


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So here's how it all began. Into a fry pan I dumped my leftovers: rice, peas, steak (cut into small cubes), raw onion and yellow pepper. To this I added a couple jalapeΓ±o peppers, some HP Bold Steak Sauce, garlic powder, black pepper, and a little salt.

I stirred this over medium heat until everything was well blended and heated through. As always, I used up several spoons along the way sampling the concoction.





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I remember thinking that this by itself would have already made a decent casserole. But that was not to be this time; I had other plans.




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Frozen puff pastry dough was thawed and cut into rough triangles. I confess that I cheated here and did not make my own pastry from scratch. Forgive me; next time I'll make that from scratch instead of buying the processed version.





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The steak and rice concoction was scooped out in small portions onto the pastry dough. These were then rolled up and placed onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. I next brushed a little melted butter onto each of the rolls, before putting them into a 375F oven.

Well there you have it. Not sure what to call them yet, but they are a take off from another family South American favourite: Bolivian SalteΓ±as.

So here's to all those wonderful leftovers. It might just be that, the second time around, they're even more interesting than the original dish.

"It's not leftovers that are wasteful, but those who either don't know what to do with them or can't be bothered." - Julian Baggini

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