Won Ton and Leftovers = Amazing Appetizers

I am one of those people that has a terrible fear when I entertain.  I have had this fear for a very long time.  Probably since the first time I invited friends over when I was first out of college.  That fear is, that I am going to run out of food.  I have this tendency to cook so much food that I always wind up with a ton of leftovers.

I love having leftovers but find that they lose their oomph if they are just reheated in the microwave and served.  I love reinventing leftovers into A New Masterpiece.  It is easy, fun and gets my creative culinary juices flowing!

When I opened my fridge on the day after Christmas, it was overflowing with leftovers.  We had Pork, Grouper, Shrimp Bisque, Spinach, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes and Gravy.  Honestly, I could have entertained all over again.

We decided it would be a perfect night to have fun appetizers for dinner.

I love using Won Ton Wraps to create fun appetizers and now I had the perfect fillings already in my fridge.

Here is our fun Finger Food Menu:

Pork, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Cups

Grouper, Sweet Potatoes and Shrimp Bisque Cups

Spinach and Feta Cheese Cups

Broccoli  Cheddar Cheese Cups

 

 

It is so easy to make.  You just use small cupcake pans and insert the Won Ton Wraps in each slot, then fill with your favorite filling and Viola…. you will have Apps that Rock!

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Reinventing Thanksgiving Leftovers into a Casserole #SundaySupper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was truly a Special Thanksgiving.

I am thankful that Alexandra came home from College, we spent the day with amazing friends, my parents are both still here to share Holidays with us…. and my kids begged me to go shopping with them on Black Friday.

We got up at 3:30 am, hit the first store by 4:00 and were sitting down at our favorite Diner having breakfast by 7:30 am.  We had an absolute blast and I felt so blessed to have such an awesome morning with my kids.

Our Thanksgiving Table was filled with amazing food!  There was no way we could eat it all.  Although we have picked at our leftovers all weekend, we still have a ton.  We have a tradition that we reinvent our Thanksgiving leftovers into a casserole every year.  I don’t know what my kids like more, the Thanksgiving Meal or the Reinvented Leftovers! It is delish, lots of fun, and so easy! You must try it!

Leftovers needed:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Turkey, shredded
  • Gravy
  • Corn or Broccoli (I usually make one of each)
  • Stuffing

In a 9 x 11 casserole dish, layer each ingredient.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 mins. or until Stuffing is crispy (the best part.)

It doesn’t get any easier than this!

Kid Ratings: Alexandra 9, Ronnie 9.5, Reis 10, Riley 10 (corn only)

 

Reinventing Leftovers into a new Masterpiece

I love to Reinvent Leftovers.  I make it a habit to cook extra the first time around with the intention of that something new will be reinvented the second time around.

We cooked way too many steaks this past weekend.  I was left with the dilemma of what masterpiece to create the second time around.

I tweeted out “What to reinvent with my leftover Steak?” and got some great suggestions from my Tweets:

@specialforksndy suggested steak sliced on top of green salad or rolled in tortillas with salsa… What a great suggestion! … except I didn’t have greens or salsa in the house and did not have time to run out.

@4everfoodie and @jackknightcooks suggested Fajitas!  My kids would love fajitas but I did not have the veggies & condiments required.

How about a Stir Fry over rice @burdladi suggested.. Another great idea but I did not have all the ingredients without running out.

Then @msmary1962 suggested some type of Beef & Pasta, perhaps soup…. Aha! I love creating new recipes and this was just the inspiration that I needed!

I’ve got steak, I’ve got seashell pasta….just need to come up with a great sauce…

I will save the Fajitas & stir fries for another night for sure…

Nothing Fancy Schmancy but a great Pre-Football Practice Easy Meal…

Reinvented Steak in a Creamy Red Wine Sauce

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

3 Green Onions (I love to grow mine, so I always have some on hand)

3 Cooked Steaks sliced thinly

1 Cup of Red Wine

2 Cups of water

2 Tablespoons of Wondra Flour

1 lb pasta cooked (shells work great because they hold the sauce inside)

Saute green onions in the olive oil.

Add the steak and brown slightly.

Add red wine and reduce in half.

Mix water and wondra flour and add to steak mixture.

Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Add cooked pasta and simmer.

I made this pasta dish with a side of  Broccoli  sauted in garlic.

Awesome, easy weeknight meal!  It may be even better than the first time around!

Kid Ratings: Ronnie 8.5, Reis 8, Riley 7.5

What is it about reinventing leftovers that warms my heart?  Maybe because I’ve had to reinvent myself …. and know that I have become a better person due to the reinvention…. the second time around can be an even better choice!