Category Archives: Leftovers

Chicken And Leek Pie With Potato Scone Crust


Leftovers needing jazzed up a bit?

 This is the recipe for you, using leftover roast chook and the insides of some baked potatoes, discard the skin, or some leftover mashed potato.

I have used homemade chicken stock from some roast chicken flavoured with lots of garlic and fresh herbs so the stock has heaps of flavour, if you are using powder or a cube, maybe add a little fresh parsley and garlic to the leeks when they are cooking for a bit more flavour.

The potato scones go beautifully crispy on top and mushy and chickeny on the bottom, yum!

Serves 8.

Ingredients

110g butter

2 large leeks, halved lengthwise, cut into 1cm pieces and washed thourghly

100g gluten free plain flour

1.2l chicken stock

800g cooked chicken or ham

TOPPING

500g cooked potato, mashed

100g butter

50g gluten free plain flour

1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

Method

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade.

In a large, shallow oven proof pan, heat the butter over a medium heat.

Add the leeks and cook for 10 minutes until vibrant green and soft.

Add the flour to the pan and stir continuously for one minute.

Pour the stock into the pan and stir until it thickens at boiling point.

Stir the diced cooked chicken through and set aside.

Now make the scones.

In a large bowl, weigh out the potato, finely diced butter, flour and baking powder, using your hands, gently work the mixture until a dough begins to form.

Flour your work surface with gluten free plain flour and using your hands, gently squash down the dough until 5mm thick.

Take a floured cookie cutter and cut discs, once there is no more space, reform the dough, squash down and re cut until you have enough discs.

Place the scones onto the pie filling and pop into the oven.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Stirfried Rice With Sweetcorn And Chipotle Chilli

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Admittedly, this sounds a bit odd but as a way of using up leftovers and giving them a new lease in life this is fantastic recipe.

I like to have this rice with Mexican themed food but it goes well with pretty much anything and I’ve happily eaten the rice on its own or with an egg for breakfast.

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

60mls olive oil

50mls water

1 clove garlic

2 chipotle chillies in adobe sauce, seeds removed

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon dried oregano

600g cooked and cooled rice

400g frozen sweetcorn, defrosted

60g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks roughly chopped

Method

Using a stick blender, whizz the oil, water, garlic, chipotle chillies and adobe sauce to form a thin paste.

Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat, pour the chipotle paste into the pan and cook over the medium heat until all of the water has evaporated.

Turn the heat up to high and add the rice, breaking up any lumps.

Stir the rice well so that it’s completely covered in the chipotle paste.

Add the sweetcorn to the pan and again stir well.

Now, stirring the rice occasionally, cook for 5 minutes, I like to let it form a crust on the base as it cooks as this adds lots of colour to the dish.

Stir through the coriander and serve.

 

 

Cornbread With Fresh Corn, Jalapeños And Cheese

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Perfect with a bowl of chilli or soup, this corn bread is easy to make and considering that it’s gluten free, pretty close to the real thing!

For the cheese I just use what hard cheese is needing used up in the fridge, a mixture is fine too, this one had cheddar and mozzarella!

Leftovers are great toasted under the grill with an egg on top for breakfast the next day!

Makes a 32x25cm loaf.

Ingredients

300g fresh corn kernels or frozen at room temperature

150g grated cheese

3 jalapeños, deseeded and diced finely

300g masa lista

160g gluten free plain flour

1 tablespoon gluten free baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

salt

2 eggs

500mls buttermilk

450mls milk

100mls vegetable oil

Method

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade.

Pour the oil into a heavy duty, non stick roasting tin.

Once the oven is up to temperature, pop the roasting tin in to heat.

While that’s in the oven prepare the other ingredients.

In one bowl, combine the sweetcorn, cheese, jalapeños, masa lista, GF plain flour, baking power, bicarbonate and salt.

In a jug, whisk the egg and then add the buttermilk and milk, whisk well.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well.

Once the pan is very hot in the oven, take it out and pour the hot oil into the batter, mix well.

Pour the batter into the tin, spread out if needed and return the tin to the oven.

Bake for 10 minutes and then reduce the heat to 200 degrees centigrade.

If the bread is browning too quickly, cover the it loosely with foil.

Bake for 30minutes.

Allow to cool a little in the tin before serving.

Chicken And Apple Casserole With Chive Dumplings

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As the northern hemisphere basks in the heat it has turned rather chilly here in Western Australia so we are loving slow roasts and some serious comfort food.

This however isn’t slow cooking as I cheat and use left over cooked chook which saves on time and to be honest I usually make double as this freezes a treat for an elusive night off another time.

The dumplings are great for filling teenage boys up and they are gluten free too and sooooo tasty you wouldn’t even know!

Serves 8.

Ingredients

50g butter

1 medium onion, diced

3 medium carrots, diced finely

300g eating apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped

600g cooked chicken, dark and white meat, roughly chopped

300mls cream

750mls chicken stock

salt and pepper

DUMPLINGS

300g gluten free self raising flour

100g butter, diced

20g chives, snipped

salt and pepper

200-250mls milk

Method

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

In a large lidded oven proof frying pan, heat the butter over a medium heat, once melted add the onion, carrot and apple, stir well and cover. Allow to cook slowly for 15-20 minutes until the onion is soft.

Add the chicken to the pan followed by the cream and stock.

Season and bring gently up to a simmer.

Move the pan with the lid on into the oven.

Bake, covered for 25 minutes.

Towards the end of the 25 minutes, make the dumplings.

Weigh the flour into a large bowl, add the diced butter and gently rub it in. Once this resembles fine breadcrumbs add the chives, seasoning and finally the milk, you don’t want it too sticky to handle so try 200mls of milk and slowly increase if need be.

Take the pan from the oven and remove the lid.

Working fairly quickly, roll the dumpling mix into small walnut sized balls and pop onto the top of the casserole, repeat until all of the dumpling dough has been used.

Return the pan to the oven, uncovered, and bake for 35-40 minutes until the dumplings are golden.

Mexican Green Chorizo

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This is so tasty I always make double!

Can’t get the kids to eat greens? Give this a try, I serve it with mini tortillas and the boys make their own, we can get through an entire lettuce, 2 capsicums, 4 avocados and 10 tomatoes, never mind the sneaky spinach and capsicum in the chorizo!

Although I crumbled this for tonight’s dinner it also works well as a burger and sausages.

Leftovers are brilliant with eggs, over an omelette or scrambled eggs is a favourite in our house of I have thrown a little chorizo crumble into the boys school wraps for added zing!

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

small green capsicum

80g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks

30g green jalapeño chilli, deseeded

4 garlic cloves, peeled

50g baby spinach leaves

1 lime, zest and juice

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

salt and pepper

500g minced pork

a little oil to fry

Method

Over a BBQ or gas ring, singe the skin of the capsicum, all over until it is completely black. Pop the capsicum in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Wait for 15-20 minutes and then remove from the bowl and rub off the skin, remove the seeds and stalk too.

In a food processor, whizz the capsicum, coriander, jalapeño, garlic, spinach, lime zest, lime juice, oregano, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper to form a bright green paste.

Weigh the meat into a bowl and add the paste, mix really well with your hands.

Form into any shape that you want, patties, sausages or crumble as I use.

Heat a large frying pan, I use a 32cm non stick pan, add a splash of oil and once hot tip in the green meat.

Using the side of a wooden spoon break up the meat, turning and squishing all the time.

To begin with lots of fluid will release but just keep cooking, on high heat until the water evaporates and the meat is beginning to colour up.

Serve immediately.

 

Roast Chicken With Herb And Garlic Butter

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As I suspect you know by now, I’m a fan of butterflied chicken and one pot wonders!

Normally cooking the chicken this way speeds up the cooking process but this time I cover it and cook it for longer which really helps develop the flavour. By throwing the carrots in your veggies are cooked at the same time and to be honest I do baked or jacket potatoes at the same time too while the oven is on.

As you can see in the photo, I throw the removed spine into the pan to roast too as all of the bones go into the stock pot afterwards to make a heavenly garlicky herby stock, perfect for soup or I used this stock for a mushroom risotto to add loads of flavour.

This chicken is lovely cold too so any leftovers are great for sandwiches, wraps and salads. You can also make this chicken ahead of time, I have popped the butter under the skin and left the chicken in the fridge over night before cooking and the taste was possibly even more amazing!

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

1.4 kg chicken

120g butter, softened at room temperature

20g parsley leaves and young fresh stalks

20g basil leaves

3 large garlic cloves, peeled

salt and pepper

1kg carrots, peeled and cut in half or thirds

Method

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade.

Take the chicken and flip it onto its front to let you access the back. With poultry shears, cut up either side of the spine to remove it and giblets if attached. Lay the spine in your roasting tin and flip he chicken over again, breast side up. Squish down on the breasts to flatten them and then run your finger under the skin of the breasts, thighs and legs to make a space to squeeze the butter in to.

Using a food processor, process the butter, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper until creamed and well combined.

Using your hands, take small amounts, around a table spoon at a time, of the butter and gently insert under the skin, then massage down to cover all of the chicken, continue until most of the butter has been used.

With the remainder, rub all over the outside of the chicken.

Add the carrots to the pan and then top with the prepared chicken.

Cover well with foil.

Pop into the oven and bake for one hour.

After 1 hour, remove the foil and baste, bake for a further 40-45 minutes, basting regularly.

Once fully cooked and golden, remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10minutes.

Peri Peri Chicken

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Who doesn’t love peri peri chicken???

I use jalapeño chillies for this just to reduce the heat a little for my sons but feel free to add more chilli or consider using the seeds.

I always roast two chooks, one just isn’t enough these days in my house, leftovers are great in quesadillas and nachos or topping a crunchy salad. Consider making stock with the bones, roast the chooks on the removed spines so they act as a rack and then all the bones can be used for stock, I like to make a sweetcorn soup with this stock.

Ingredients

2 x 1.4kg chickens, spines removed and butterflied

2 limes

8 large garlic cloves

4 green jalapeños, 2 chopped with seeds, 2 chopped with seeds removed

50mls honey

salt and pepper

Method

Prepare the chicken by removing the spines with poultry shears and then pressing down on the breasts to flatten.

Combine the lime juice, garlic, chilli, honey and seasoning in a bowl and then use a stick blender to process.

Pour the marinade over the chicken, cover and marinade for 6-24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Lift the chicken out of the marinade and lay in a roasting tin, reserve the marinade. Wrap a little foil around the wing tips if they are on the upper side of the chicken like mine.

Slide the chicken into the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, brushing regularly with the reserved marinade and pan juices. Towards the end of cooking, remove the foil from the wings and marinade with the rest of the chook.

Allow to rest for 10-20 minutes before serving.