I titled this post “Leftover 411” because I have this saying – whenever I do not know something I will say “What’s the 411!?” Example – I hear someone talking about the new peanut butter, cream cheese toaster pastries – and I will say “Really? What’s the 411!?” Ha! I know – I am a nerd. Anyways…this post is all about some leftover ideas.
Let us say you have a couple of overly ripe bananas, or maybe a couple of potatoes leftover, or maybe some leftover spaghetti and sauce from the night before. What do you do with them!? Throw them away!? No!
Use these “leftover” recipes – and expand and go with what you’ve got. Experiment and HAVE FUN in the kitchen! You will never know what you will come up with…
Quick Spaghetti Bread
1 – 2 cups leftover spaghetti and sauce
1 package frozen pizza dough, thawed
1 egg white, beaten
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F and spray a regular size loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Knead the leftover spaghetti and sauce into the pizza dough. Trust me – this will work – just keep kneading and folding – eventually it will all come together.
Place the bread into the prepared loaf pan – make a loaf shape if it does not form one by itself.
Brush the top of the loaf with the beaten egg white and sprinkle evenly on top the Parmesan cheese.
Place in preheated oven for 30 minutes exactly. Remove and allow to cool slightly before removing and slicing. This is AMAZING with melted butter on each slice.
Leftovers can be kept in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.
Quick Banana Bread
3-4 bananas, peeled
1 box of yellow cake mix
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
(the cinnamon and nutmeg are optional – also optional would be 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup pecans or even 1/2 cup chocolate chips)
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a regular size loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas. (I use a potato masher to do this…)
Add the eggs, ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat until fully incorporated.
Add whatever else you desire – (see note above)
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, even out the top and place in preheated oven for 40 minutes exactly.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan.
Slice and serve slathered with butter.
Roasted Loaded Sliced Potatoes
2 – 3 potatoes, unpeeled, cleaned and scrubbed
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Spray the aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray.
Slice the potatoes into slices – about 1/2 inch thick – and place them on the aluminum foil.
Drizzle olive oil all over the potato slices, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Turn the potato slices over, and repeat with the other side. Olive oil, salt and pepper.
Place in preheated oven for 30 minutes (or until golden brown).
Remove and add shredded cheese (if using) and return to oven to melted cheese for another 2-3 minutes.
Remove from oven and add desired toppings. I like sour cream and chives. Feel free to add bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, olives, etc.
What new and usual ways do YOU use leftovers!? Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know!