When I have a chance in the morning, I check out Lucky Noodles post “what did you have for dinner”. Again I do not remember who posted this recipe as what they had for dinner
But I thought it looked good. I had black beans to cook and the fridge had cream cheese that needed to be used. I did have to add Italian sausage to the beans since the guys can't go meatless. So now I have leftover seasoned black beans. Now since
this all happened in the same week we are back to serendipity again! Earlier with the grilled Roast
, I made
. for a side. So now I have leftover corn & bacon, beans, leftover chopped tomatoes and
pork. We'd had some side salads and the kid can't eat tomatoes unless he is at his Grandma Jennie's house hence the l/o tomatoes.
Well, what do you do with those items? You Google! Maybe I could do a
casseroly type of thing and hide everything! Remember they can't handle seeing leftovers being revisited!
Looked at 4 sites or more and stumbled over one that was topped with a corn pudding.
Hmmm, what if I use the leftover corn in the corn pudding? I can always use the bacon chopped up on top ;)
This lead to more googling to compare corn pudding recipes. This is what takes me so much time some days. If I am not familiar with a recipe or ingredient, I will spend time reading reviews and recipes to see what they have in common. For me, it rather
helps to weed out what I don't want or can't use. Remember I have the picky W-2's. Refer back to the "Whatever" blog.
Ah but this day I got them and I would like to present to you the successfully hidden leftovers from not 1 but several meals!!!!
I give you "Pulled From the Pantry Pork Casserole". Yeah it should be pulled from the larder if you want to be technical but it doesn't sound as good. And yeah, it ain't so pretty but it worked :)
In an 8x8x21/2 qt baking dish layer in this order:
2 cups cooked l/o black beans
1 1/2 cups shredded Roast Cubano
1/4-1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese (needed something "fresh")
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup salsa verde (leftover from earlier chicken dish)
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
Top with Corn Pudding for a crust.
(this is a combo of recipes using what I had)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup baking mix (made my own- 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt ( used my homemade seasoned salt) and 1 T canola oil)
1/2 cup milk
Mix together and add in corn kernels from 2 ears of l/o bacon wrapped corn on the cob. Reserve bacon. Spoon over casserole and top with leftover chopped bacon.
Bake @ 350 for approx. 45 mins.
Not only did they eat it they went back for seconds. If they only knew how many leftovers they got that night!
Now for you, Mr. Harvey, cause I promised. Due to all the cooking, I need low fat low cal snacks. Low sodium is a bonus too. If any of you are like me, if it doesn't satisfy you the first time you just keep on grazing. Not a good thing after 50.
So what can you make with these things and an oven?
Spicy crunchy popcorn that is low fat, low cal and hits the spot. I do not like chewy air popped popcorn. But when I found that I could have 3 cups of air popped corn vs. 1 cup oil popped corn which do you think I was going to pick? Nope, neither.
Remember air popped is chewy, I want CRUNCHY! So I ordered a citrus sprayer, yeah they do really work. Went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and the little gal there said "we only have that online. I can order it for you and you can use your coupon. There will be
no shipping." I must go back and thank her!
Why a citrus sprayer? To wet the popcorn that I'm going to bake after air popping it. It has to have something on it to get Mr. Mike Harvey's wonderful spice blend to stick to it. Yeah, I am out hence that empty container with the green lid. With much
experimenting which is still going on, I have discovered if you spray lime juice on air popped corn and coat with seasoning (Mike's has no salt, he did a blog about it in his corner of AR on his "Life...It's Why We
Cook." blog. I am almost 100% sure. I am almost positive we spoke about it and he said, "good memory, Cat". Well, I can't find it as I type this blog but Mike has a wonderful spice recipe that I do know!)
I am still tweaking this but after popping and spraying with the lime juice then carefully coating with seasonings, I bake the popcorn till it is crunchy. I can't give you times and temps cause at this stage it is still an experiment but I am getting
a snack that satisfies me.
Till next time when the Confounded Cook confronts the "F" word, I hope you have a family that can eat leftovers or that you can craftily hide yours too!