Lately we have had a lot of extra food on our hands. When we had our fall party we made a lot of food and then others also brought food to share (and many of them left it here afterwards) so we needed to figure out how to use things up without wasting. Also a couple of evenings after that we were involved with helping with a Republican event which we brought food along with others. Again there was a lot of extra food and so not only did we bring home a lot of our own but others also sent some of their stuff with us as we were the family with kids who of course can eat a lot (the rest are older couples or singles).
I thought I would share some of the ways that I used up leftovers lately besides of course just eating it or freezing it as is.
~After our party we were left with a couple of loaves of bread (one with raisins and the other with sunflowers seeds and other nuts) that were very dry. I found two very yummy ways to use them up:
- French Toast. That is of course a pretty normal way to use bread but with extra dry raisin bread it was even yummier!
- An Appetizer for our event on Monday. The one on the right in the picture above. I followed this basic recipe and it was very yummy! (By the way the other appetizer pictured was a cream puff that I made basically following this recipe- it worked well too.)
- I made a hotdish by putting a layer of chili down, putting chunks of cornbread on next and then putting shredded cheese over that. Then I put it in the oven until all was warm and the cheese melted. It was pretty successful.
- I used the rest of the old cornbread to make chicken dressing/stuffing. It actually turned out fine but I discovered that Ken wasn't the only one in our household that doesn't like dressing (I made it on purpose for a time he was gone), most of the kids don't like it either. The girls thought it was okay but the boys really didn't care for it.
~Since the fish wasn't really appreciate the first time around I had a bunch to use up some other way. Tonight I carefully deboned it and used it in a "Tuna" noodle hotdish- the fish was much more appreciated that way.
Using up leftovers can be an interesting challenge but I think it can be rather fun. I also love the fact that we are avoiding wasting food!
How do you use up leftovers in your household?
I am linking this to the Homestead Barn Hop at Homestead Revival.