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Christmas Potato Cakes

Reincarnate The Leftover This Weekend

Christmas spirit was in the air this weekend at the Spilsbury house with decorating, gift wrapping and our first holiday party.  Once the Christmas music CD’s came out of storage and we popped the first one in the surround-sound, it became official- the holiday season is here.

I also ended up with leftover mashed potatoes in my refrigerator, so instead of tossing them, I decided to make some red and green potato cakes (aka: Christmas Potato Cakes) to celebrate our joyeux weekend.

  Potato Cake Recipe

Making potato cakes is simple and not an exact science; you never know how many cups or ounces of mashed potatoes you’ll end up with.  Therefore, it’s “a little of this-a little of that” science.  You simply add an egg or two to the mashed potatoes along with a half-cup or cup of flour, some seasoning and milk, and voila!… or voici!- potato cakes.  If your potato cake batter is too runny, add some flour; and if it’s too thick, add some milk- you get the picture.

Thank goodness I had some red and green bell peppers diced up already to add for our “Christmas Potato Cakes”.  Just cook batter in canola oil, flipping once, until crisp on both sides.

Potato Cake Recipe

Potato Cake Recipe

 

Serve alongside some turkey bacon, sausage, eggs, or by themselves- potato cakes taste good with anything.

Potato Cake Recipe

I hope your Christmas Holiday is off to a great start!

 

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The Underestimated Mashed Potato

Homemade Mashed Potatoes

A Stitch In Time Saves Nine. A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned. Waste Not, Want Not.

Probably one of the most versatile, frugal and efficacious dishes is the mashed potato.  Gracing our Thanksgiving dinner table each year, mashed potatoes are wildly overlooked for the remaining 364 days of the year.

At just pennies per serving, Homemade Mashed Potatoes are not only inexpensive, they’re one of the most versatile side dishes.  By adding a few cloves of fresh garlic during boiling and then mashing with the potato, the gourmet Garlic Mashed Potatoes are created.  By substituting milk with buttermilk, you have Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes.  And, Herb Mashed Potatoes can be made by adding some fresh or dried herbs like rosemary, thyme and parsley.

 

Rosemary Chicken with Herb Mashed Potatoes

Herb Mashed Potatoes

Five Recipes To Make with Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Homemade mashed potatoes can be cooked in bulk to freeze for future use, or stored for use in other recipes- or, like I call “Reincarnate The Leftover”.  Here are some of my favorite recipes using leftover mashed potatoes.

Potato Cake Recipe

Festive Potato Cakes Recipe

 

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash with New Castle Gravy

 

Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes

Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

 

Cottage Pie Recipe

Cottage Pie Recipe, is allegedly a favorite dish of Prince Williams-  a tasty version of the Shepherd’s Pie.

 

Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

 

A Stitch In Time

Homemade mashed potatoes freeze and reheat well, so I like making extra and storing for a busy day’s side dish.  I recommend using glass storage containers like Rubbermaid’s Glass Food Storage or Ziploc’s Versaglass that go from the freezer and into the oven or microwave to reheat.

Check out our Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe here:

Homemade mashed potatoes recipe

Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe

 

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3 Recipes To Make with Leftover Homemade Chicken Tenders

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Probably the most versatile and most-loved by my family recipe is my Homemade Chicken Tenders.  By changing a few ingredients in the recipe, you can make different variations of Homemade Chicken Tenders, like using Panko breadcrumbs and Ranch Dressing Mix to create Crunchy Ranch Chicken Tenders.

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

You can also make gluten-free Homemade Chicken Tenders, by using gluten-free breadcrumbs, like Schar Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs.

Reincarnate The Leftover

There are many new dinner recipes that can be created, or “reincarnated” from basic Homemade Chicken Tenders, and here are three of my favorite.

Homemade Chicken tenders

3 Recipes To Make with Leftover Homemade Chicken Tenders

1.  Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Chicken Parmesan Recipe made with Leftover Homemade Chicken Tenders

 

 

2.  Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu Recipe

 

3.  Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Buffalo Chicken Wrap Recipe

 

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Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

start with some cracked eggs in a wide shallow dish

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

flour mixed with breadcrumbs and seasoning

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

after patting dry, chicken tenders are dipped in egg batter, then dredged in flour mixture

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

fry in large non-stick skillet in oil until crispy brown

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

turning once, until golden brown on both sides

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

Homemade Chicken Tenders

 

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Cuban Panini and Black Bean Soup

What To Make With Leftover Pork Tenderloin

Cuban Panini and Black Bean Soup

Cuban Panini and Black Bean Soup

Ingredients

  • french bread- 1 loaf, sliced into ½ inch slices
  • sliced ham- 1 lb, or stored leftover sliced pork tenderloin from Berry-Good Pork Tenderloin
  • sliced dill sandwich pickles- 1 24oz. jar
  • tomatoes, roma or vine-ripened- 1-2
  • black beans- 1 28oz. can, drained
  • salsa- 1 cup or 7oz. (like Herdez mild 7oz. salsa)
  • sour cream
  • STAPLES:
  • dijon mustard- ½ cup (approximately)
  • olive oil- ½ cup (approximately)
  • chicken stock- 1 cup (1 cup water with 1 chicken bouillion cube)
  • cumin- ½ teaspoon

Instructions

    Soup
  1. In blender combine beans (drained), broth, salsa and cumin; blend until smooth but do not overblend
  2. Transfer to a soup pot and heat until bubbly
  3. Serve with sour cream
  4. Panini
  5. Mix together olive oil and Dijon mustard (there’s no need to measure ingredients exactly, just “eyeball” it).
  6. Spread mustard mixture onto the outside of each slice of bread
  7. Place bread, mustard side down, onto Panini press or griddle, then top with pork, tomato and pickle; place second slice of bread on top with mustard-side up
  8. Cook until crunchy brown and both sides
http://tonispilsbury.com/cuban-panini-and-black-bean-soup/

 

Reincarnate The Leftover

This recipe is perfect made with leftovers from Berry-Good Pork Tenderloin:

Reincarnate The Leftover

 

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