Just time to squeeze in a quick blog before Christmas.
Talking of squeezing things in, I imagine most people are making room in their fridges and freezers for the Big Shop this weekend.
Time to use up all those little bits and bobs that I have been encouraging you to keep throughout the last few months: vegetables, breadcrumbs, leftover casserole, ends of cheese etc
I've given over quite a bit of blog space to soups and stews so far this winter- and so won't spend time on that now except to say, you can't beat a good vegetable soup or curry to use up the contents of your vegetable drawer or freezer basket.
|Bronze Vegetable Curry|
However, a leftover classic - Bubble and Squeak- comes a close second if you have veg awaiting sentence in your fridge.
Cold mashed potato is pretty much essential for this dish, but sweet potato works well too. Take what leftover cooked veg you have in the fridge: potato( of course) , broccoli , onion or leek, swede, etc. Blitz the greens and mash everything together with the potato, season well and shape into patties. Dust with flour and fry in hot oil until golden on both sides. Serve hot with a poached egg on top.
|Bubble and Squeak|
|Posh Bubble and Squeak|
|Blitz that garlic bread|
|Grilled Plaice with Crunchy Topping|
Grated cheese- especially if it is a mixture of different cheeses- can be used up as a topping for pizzas, with any leftover ham,vegetables, olives now.
|Frying Pan Pizza|
Leftover casserole can be made to go for another meal: make individual pies with shortcrust pastry and fill with a spoonful each of meat or top with puff pastry for a pot pie.
Finally, don't forget to use up any leftover pastry ( and cheese ) in cheese straws or twists for canapés, leftover tortillas baked in the oven with seasoning for dipping chips and leftover pitta or naan bread for nibbles.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers!