Why Do People Hate Leftovers?

I had some white wine left over from the night the world was supposed to end, and since the world didn’t end, I had to figure out something to do with it.

This is how I wound up making wine braised potatoes with bacon.

I don’t know how I’ve managed to live this long without regularly eating wine braised potatoes with bacon, other than I so seldom have any leftover wine in the house.

Anyway, I only used a couple strips out of the pound of bacon I had for the recipe, so then I had bacon I had to use. I used some to make bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, of course. Then one afternoon Tammy was over around lunchtime, so I used a few strips as extra-fun flavor to start a quick tomato sauce to have with some pasta, which turned out really well.

I also had leftover buttermilk from a cake I baked on Christmas and leftover bread cubes from the rye boat I made for New Year’s, so that next night, I used the buttermilk to make homemade ranch dressing (which, once you make it yourself, will make you shun all manufactured ranch dressings for the rest of your life), and I made croutons out of the bread cubes (why anyone eats croutons that have not cMe and My Good Friend, Sugarome out of a pan right in front of them is beyond me). Then I made a salad so I’d have something to put the croutons and ranch dressing on, but also while I was putting together the salad, I kept taking breaks to eat fresh croutons dipped in the dressing, which is evil and delicious.

I repeated this croutons-and-ranch-dressing thing almost every night for the rest of the week.

I still had some leftover buttermilk and cream, which I used to make clotted cream and lemon scones, which became part of the three-hour long breakfast Tammy, Tracy, and I had after our Saturday night of staying up too late doing Tarot card readings and talking, talking, talking.

And that’s really the best way to use leftovers.

7 Comments

  1. Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Recipe for wine-braised potatoes with bacon? Pretty please??

    I live in a very pro-leftovers house, so I enjoyed reading about your leftover ingredient odyssey. Now I want croutons, though…

  2. adrienne
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I wish I had more croutons, but I ran out of bread cubes. Drats!

    The recipe for the potatoes. Chop up a few strips of bacon and cook the pieces in a sizable pot. Once the bacon’s cooked, add about 2 lbs. of waxy potatoes, peeled and either halved or quartered. Stir the potatoes occasionally, letting them brown up some. When they’re browned, add 1 c. wine and 1 c. water or stock. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so the liquid is bubbling. Stir occasionally. The business is all done when the potatoes are cooked.

    You should add some salt and pepper in there. I put salt in with the wine/water, and I put pepper on at the end.

    YUM.

  3. Posted January 6, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Leftovers are great when they are tasty, or can be made into other yummy things. I am guessing that people who are friends with you and have eaten your food do not hate leftovers. How could they? I’m glad to know a good use for white wine, as we always have leftover white wine when someone brings it to our house.

    Oh, I have a new ice-cream recipe book that has a buttermilk ice-cream concoction. I will let you know if it is worth sharing.

  4. adrienne
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    It’s true that I’ve been feeding all these things I’ve been making with leftovers to friends, and they haven’t complained.

    Buttermilk is one of those things I used to not understand that I now love. The dairy where I get my milk makes the best buttermilk, too, that’s so good you just can’t even cope with anything else after you’ve had it.

  5. Heidi
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    You have leftover gourmet ingredients. You do not have leftovers :-) I’ll bet that tastes a lot like German potato salad…or? And I am so, so jealous of staying up late talking with Tracy and Tammy!

  6. Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Man, even the first dishes sound awesome, not to mention the leftovers.

    I had never even thought of making ranch dressing; the only salad dressing I make is oil-mustard-vinegar based. Hm.

  7. adrienne
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Heidi, It does! And I wish you had been there!

    Tanita, The ranch dressing is kind of calorific, but it’s a delicious treat from time-to-time.

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