Tuesday, February 16, 2010
We are, I think, in the minority of liking leftovers. If we had roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and veggies one night, we are fine having roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and veggies the next night too. And when you cook for two, like I do, you always seem to have leftovers. But sometimes I don't have enough mashed potatoes for the next night. Or when I made that meatloaf I didn't use a full pound of pork so what do I do with the other half. Or maybe I chopped up a whole onion, bell pepper or other veggies, but only use half. Those things need to be used or at least frozen. So when I have leftover browned sausage, I put in the freezer to add to baked beans or on a french bread or pita pizza. Left over veggies can be used or frozen for omelets, stir-fry or soups. Leftover chicken can be used so many ways - put in a casseroles, tacos, soups, salads and so on. But sometimes the leftovers can be used simply for a sandwich.
Sunday we had a pot roast with roasted veggies. And sometimes I will use that leftover roast beef for beef stroganoff or stew but yesterday I looked in the pantry and saw some Whole Wheat Bolillo buns (a long bun that tapers at each end) that I picked up on the day old bread rack at the grocery very inexpensively. I knew I needed to use those up - so the easiest dinner for me came to mind - sandwiches.
* sliced left over roast beef - left over london broil, pork roast, steak, chicken or turkey work too
* bun - sliced brats, kaiser, bolillo or whatever you have on hand
* toppings - sauteed onions, mushrooms, bell peppers or just bbq sauce or horseradish
* cheese - sliced or shredded any kind you want
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9 x 13 cake pan with tin foil. I fit 5 sandwiches in the cake pan so you might need a larger pan if you need to do more. I have lined a big jelly roll pan when needing to a larger batch. Layer roast beef in the buns. Place each of them in the pan. Pour bbq sauce on them and/or add other toppings. And then add cheese on top.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and cheese is melted and gooey.
Serve and eat!
I wanted to point out that Allrecipes.com has an option to search by ingredient. It even allows you to put in ingredients you don't want. So if you are in a pinch and don't know what to cook or have some left overs you want to get rid of without wasting then I suggest trying out that feature.