My in-laws left today. They're wonderful about storing leftovers. They always take home doggy bags from the restaurant. But they're never keen on eating what they store. Therefore, a quick inventory of my refrigerator reveals the need for a few back-to-back leftover revivals. This evening, I performed magic as I transformed leftover minute steaks (a horrid cut of beef, avoid it), fettuccine, a bit of cream, a bit of leftover cheese, and a few other ingredients into a dish fit for a romantic dinner for two, complete with salad and bread. I completed the meal with strawberry shortcakes, all from leftover ingredients.
Eat your leftovers. They're practically free foods! And they don't have to be limp and lifeless. See what you can do?
What I had to work with: from left to right: Parmesan cheese, leeks, cream, fettuccine, and steak
More leftover foods: from left to right: Mozzarella, minced onion, tomato, salad, garlic toast
Enough lefotvers for dessert! Fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and little cakes!
Leftover Makeover: Fettuccine with Steak in a Creamy Leek Sauce with Bruschetta
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- steak: I used three small minute steaks. These need to be cooked and cut into 1" pieces.
- fettuccine: Cooked. Enough for two people.
- 2 leeks, cut into rings
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh parsely, chopped
- 1/2 tsp each sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- for the bruschetta: sliced garlic bread (1 per person), sliced, seeded tomato (1 slice per toast), shredded mozzarella (1 Tbsp per toast)
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil.
- Toss in leek rings and saute a couple minutes. Add garlic and stir about 30 seconds. Quickly add cream and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Cook and stir until bubbling and thickened, about 15 minutes.
- Add steak slices and heat through.
- Back to the main dish: Stir in mozzarella cheese until melted.
- Toss pasta and parsely with sauce. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese on top.