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Had some guests over? Or hosted a party? Or your impulsive son just decided to skip his dinner? There can be many reasons behind the leftover food at your home but tension not, for there are many ways to make the most of it too. Leftover food may have been a trouble in the past for you, when the only option you had was to throw it or give it away as cow fodder, but now the culinary world has come up with much better ideas around it.
Here are some of those ideas which ensure that your experience with leftover food isn’t a forgettable one, but a memorable one including all the components of exquisite taste and appealing texture. Try them out:

Hot Brown Turkey Sandwiches

Hot Brown Turkey Sandwiches

Your turkey proved too much for the guests to devour? No problem, give yourself the honour by giving this makeover to your leftover turkey. Gather these items:

  • Bacon5 slices
  • Onion (chopped)1
  • Flour2 tbsp
  • Milk1 ¼ cups
  • Chicken broth1 ¼ cups
  • Cheese1 ¼ cups
  • Salt and pepperAs per taste
  • Multigrain bread (toasted)4 slices
  • MustardFor spreading
  • Tomato (sliced)1
  • Turkey (leftover)3 cups
  • Parsley (chopped)¼ cups

Follow these instructions to transform your turkey into a tasty meal:

  • Preheat the broiler. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon fat from the skillet to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • For gravy, cook onion in the skillet until soft. Add flour and cook, stirring. Increase the heat to medium high, add milk and chicken broth and bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange the bread on a baking sheet. Spread each slice with mustard, drizzle with some gravy and top with sliced tomato. Toss the turkey with the remaining gravy in the skillet. Divide the turkey evenly among the bread slices, then sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup cheese. Broil until golden.
  • Crumble the bacon over the sandwiches; sprinkle with the parsley.

Extra-Veggie Frittata


Excess of vegetables is a blessing in disguise when you have this option at the tip of your fingers. Here’s what you will need:

  • Eggs8
  • Milk1 cup
  • Parsley (chopped)¼ cups
  • Salt and pepperAs per taste
  • Bread cubes½ cup
  • Vegetables (leftover)2 cups
  • Olive oil2 tbsp
  • Roasted pine nuts2 tbsp

Go ahead with preparation of this dish to make the most of your vegetables:

  • Beat the eggs, milk, parsley and salt and pepper. Add stuffing bread cubes and vegetables.
  • Heat olive oil in an ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add the egg mixture and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, top with grated cheddar and cook 10 minutes. Broil 3 minutes, and then slice.
  • Garnish with roasted pine nuts.

Leftover Pizza Quiche

Leftover Pizza Quiche

Although a leftover pizza is something unheard of, if you happen to have it, a quiche will be the best bet to add even more taste to it. Check out the ingredients:

  • Frozen Pie Crust1
  • Tuna100g
  • Garlic (crushed)2 cloves
  • Onions (chopped)4
  • Spinach1 cup
  • Black olives2 tbsp
  • Pizza (leftover)3 slices
  • Cheese100g
  • Eggs5

Ready to give your pizza the quiche makeover? Read on to know how:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Let pie crust thaw and then place into a pie pan.
  • In a skillet, brown ground turkey over medium heat with garlic and onions. Drain fat.
  • In a large bowl, combine pizza pieces, spinach, olives, cheese and eggs. Mix. Add cooked tuna mixture while continuing to stir. After all ingredients are thoroughly combined, transfer into the pie crust.
  • Cover entire quiche with aluminum foil and put in the oven for about 30 minutes. Then fold in corners of foil so that it makes a round shape large enough to cover quiche filling but not the crust. Return to the oven and bake for 15 more minutes. Cool and serve.

Masala Roti

Masala roti

What better way to enjoy your leftover rotis than with a tangy and spicy addition! We know you are already excited! So gather these fast:

  • Crisp Roti (leftover)3
  • Tomato (chopped)1
  • Onion (chopped)1
  • Cucumber (chopped)½ cup
  • Muesli½ cup
  • Coriander (chopped)½ cup
  • Nylon sev1 cup
  • Chilli powderTo taste
  • Black saltTo taste
  • Chat masalaTo taste

Get going with the simple procedure to make masala rotis:

  • To make rotis crisp, put them in oven for 2 minutes.
  • Keep the roti on a plate and spread muesli, tomato, onion and cucumber on it. Sprinkle chilli powder, black salt and chat masala as per taste.
  • Spread nylon sev on top of it. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Rice Pudding

Rice pudding

Taste the delicious combination of coconut oil and rice for once to know what a blessing leftover rice is. These are the items you will need:

  • Coconut milk1 cup
  • Maple syrup1 tbsp
  • Rice (leftover)1 cup
  • CinnamonA pinch

The process of making this rice pudding is as simple as it is delicious. See for yourself:
Pour coconut milk into a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer. Add maple syrup and stir. Add rice and continue to stir until evenly distributed.
Let mixture simmer for about 5 minutes. Liquids should boil off and mixture will become thicker. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

So don’t fret anymore over your leftover food. There are countless ways to transform it into a unique culinary experience that you and your family are absolutely going to love. Don’t cook by judging your guest’s appetite anymore because with a little bit of ingenuity, leftover food can be made equally good to gorge upon.