Everything Old is New Again!

Too many holiday leftovers?  Have you sworn you’ve eaten them for the last time?  Get creative and turn them into something new – with half the work already done for you!  Here are a couple of tasty treats I made after a 3-day food fest over Christmas weekend!

Chicken Pot Pie made with leftover chicken – 3 ways, a half bag of leftover fresh spinach leaves, a big bunch of carrots, some roasted potatoes, and a few other veggies (both cooked and uncooked) that rounded out the list of repurposed leftovers!

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Chicken Pot Pie

I also had an extra pound (ball) of dough from a couple of pizza rolls I made over the Christmas weekend, so I decided to make a pizza with whatever I could find in the refrigerator.  I make my own pizzas at home all the time, but this was a first with only leftover ingredients I could find in the refrigerator.  I knew I had a little leftover red sauce and some mozzarella and parmesan cheeses on hand, but I wasn’t sure what else.  I served some delicious hard salami earlier in the week, so whatever I had left of that went on the pizza.  After a little more searching, I came across a container of spinach artichoke dip that I prepared a few nights earlier – and that became the perfect (last) topping before popping it in the oven.

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‘Anything Goes’ Pizza

I hope you all enjoyed this holiday season in whatever way you celebrate – and I hope it was filled with good food and fun!  Here’s to a delicious 2017!

Buon Appetito!

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Lasagna, Olé

Simple, savory, and absolutely delicious!  Just a short post today to highlight a twist on lasagna – Chili Verde Lasagna.

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Chili Verde Lasagna

Make like you would any other lasagna, and simply substitute the typical tomato sauce for your favorite chile verde.  I used some homemade chili verde from the freezer on a whim, and it did not disappoint!  (I used what I had on hand as the regular cheeses:  ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan, but you could certainly substitute/add some other delicious Mexican cheeses.  Here’s a link to the Chili Verde recipe I made a while ago from the Ambitious Kitchen:  http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2015/12/healthy-slow-cooker-chicken-chile-verde/

¡Buen apetito!

 


Savory Goodness!

Quick post today – to share two SAVORY and DELICIOUS recipes that I recently tried, and will make time and time again.  These recipes are straight from the source, Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) and Bon Appetit Magzine (February).   Although no creative license on my part, these are so worth passing along for you to try.  I know they’re going to make an appearance at your next cocktail dinner party.  You’re sure to impress!  Enjoy!

 

Blue Cheese and Walnut Crackers Recipe

Blue Cheese and Walnut Crackers Recipe

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Blue Cheese and Walnut Crackers (Image Source: Food Network)

 

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Sour Cream and Scallion Drop Biscuits

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Sour Cream and Scallion Biscuits  (Image Source: Personal Collection)

 


Savory Tart – Ricotta and Carrot

This recipe (with slight revisions/omissions) came straight from April 2015 Bon Appetit magazine – Carrot and Ricotta Tart!

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Carrot_Ricotta_Tart

Start by washing and peeling 3-4 large carrots, then slice each carrot into thin coins.  Peel and thinly slice 2 large shallots (which I used instead of onion.)  Heat 2 TBSP olive oil in a skillet and saute the shallot (with Kosher Salt and Black Pepper) until lightly browned (about 5 minutes) then add the carrots and continue cooking for another 2 minutes, then set aside.

Defrost/thaw one sheet frozen Puff Pastry, lightly roll out on parchment paper (just to seal the creases,) and score a one-inch border around the pastry shell.  Transfer parchment paper to baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 400F until puffy and light golden brown.  Meanwhile, whisk a 15-oz container of Ricotta Cheese with 1/2 cup Heavy Cream.  When tart comes out of the oven, spread the ricotta cheese mixture onto the tart, inside the one-inch border.  Then top with the carrot/shallot mixture – and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes until pastry shell is a deep golden brown.  (Carrots will also be cooked through at this point.)  When the tart comes out of the oven, sprinkle with fresh chopped chives, and additional (Kosher or Sea) salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Cool, cut, and serve!  (Note:  You end up with a thick layer of ricotta mixture on this tart.  If you prefer a thinner layer, you might be able to stretch these same ingredients into two pastry tarts.)

This served as an interesting, creative, and delicious start to our friend Christine’s birthday dinner!  Buon Appetito!