Monday, January 9, 2012

Leftovers transformed

Repurposing: Transforming leftovers into something equally as yummy. The goal is for them to taste and look so completely different you don't realize you are having leftovers.

This was dinner...

Shelly's Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

1 Sweet Potato
2 Tablespoons (plus a teaspoon for sprinkling) Parmesan Cheese
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Milk
Kosher Salt to taste
1 pound Ground Beef (or Turkey or Sausage)
1/2 cup Frozen Peas
1/4 cup Shredded Carrot
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
a few twists of Black Pepper

Nuke sweet potato till soft about 9 minutes. Peel and mash with 2 Tablespoons Parmesan, butter and milk. Add salt to taste.

Saute beef till no pink is seen. Add peas, carrots, soy sauce and pepper. Mix to combine. Divide mixture equally in 4 ramekins till 3/4 full. Save any leftover meat in fridge for the delicious beginnings of breakfast the next day.

Top each ramekin with the mashed sweet potato mixture. Sprinkle with a little more Parmesan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. I served them for dinner with a simple green salad.

Leftovers repurposed into a delicious breakfast the next day...

Shelly's Leftover Shepherd's Frittata

1/2 - 1 cup remaining meat mixture from making Shepherd's Pie
2 Eggs, beaten
1/4 cup Feta or Ricotta Cheese
1 Tablespoon Parmesan
Fresh Basil

Heat leftover meat mixture in oven proof saute pan till warmed through. Pour beaten eggs over. When egg is almost set, spoon dollops of cheese on top and sprinkle with Parmesan. Place in oven on broil for 5 minutes till top is golden. Sprinkle with fresh, chopped basil before serving.

Mission accomplished. Nom squared.

More leftover transformations.

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Allyson said...

OMG I have been jonesing for a sweet potato since Thanksgiving! Making these for dinner tomorrow night! I would say tonight, but I didn't plan for it. ;)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sheila said...

Your repurposing food has me hooked, I never used to do this until I found your site and you insipre me to do better than just reheating the leftovers to eat them yet AGAIN. Thank you!

Lana in MI said...

Shelly, I swear you're amazing...but you hear this all the time. I truly mean it. You sure help so many of us w/ FOOD! THANK YOU!!!!

Catracks said...

I think I'm going to make these two ways - 1 with beef and one with shredded lean ham. I've been craving sweat potatoes.

BTW, I'm 3 days out gastric sleeve. I'm not hungry at all mind you - only slight head hunger.