So the festive and holiday season is over and time to make resolutions which almost no one sticks to.
Its also the time when those who hosted guests, lunches, and dinners to be left with an array of small dishes of leftover meats or veges.
One of the pertinent issues is the usage of the gastronomical bomb laying dormant in your fridge without making others feel like a ….’stuffed turkey’ !?
I often cook in large portions, freeze part of it for emergency days or simply serve it again by either recycling or up-cycling it!
Recreating dishes with leftovers is a simplified way of serving something new to your guests as most of the legwork of chopping or cooking is almost done. So all you need to do is repackage and present.
We love to entertain and have people over, sometimes at very short notice. This leaves me with little time to cook from scratch, so I tend to look for something that can is quick to make.
In one of my previous posts, I mentioned about my new found love with pre-packaged rolled doughs. The love story continues and the passion is heightened when it comes to giving a makeover to the leftovers!!
Sometimes I quiz my family on the ingredients I use and it becomes quite a game that ends with raised eyebrows and few amused tutting after full consumption of the meal!
The base used for this recipe is a shortcrust pastry. You can use any brand you like.
I have used a filling of leftover Teriyaki chicken.
The quantity was a bit too less to be served for another meal. So a trick for recycling a small portion of leftover is to try and find complimentary ingredients, In this case boiled potatoes, that increase the quantity to make it into a more substantial next meal!
This particular spicy Chicken Patty Recipe goes well with chunky vegetables like carrots, cauliflower, mushroom which gives it a bit of a bite.It also makes a good lunch box meal too!
Add cheese for that added taste if you wish!
So lets start the makeover !!
|Shortcrust Pastry Dough – 1 roll|
|For the filling:|
|Leftover chicken or any meat – 1 cup, shredded or cut into small pieces|
|Boiled potatoes – 1 cup, mashed|
|Onions – 1, finely chopped|
|Roasted cumin powder – 1 tsp|
|Chili powder – 1 tsp|
|Oil- 2 tbsp|
|Salt to taste|