With summer patio season in full swing, you’ve probably fired up the bbq several times this month. In some cases, this past Father’s Day may have been the first of many bbq gatherings you’re hosting in your new home this summer and planning for the numbers can be tricky. As a rule of thumb for bbqs, more is best. The last thing you’d want is for your guests to leave the party still hungry for more food. In light of this, many people grill up more food than gets consumed at the party. The good news is that bbq leftovers from weekend parties make a great base for weekday meals and snacks. Here are some inspiriting ways you can use up bbq leftovers during the week:
Corn Dog Muffins – Kids always love hot dogs, but they always ask for more than what their tummies can handle. If you’re stuck with left over hot dogs, ditch the buns and make these delicious corn dog muffins, perfect for school lunches or daytime snacks. They also freeze wonderfully so pack them away for a hot dog surprise to enjoy anytime in your new home.
Grilled chicken and vegetable tortellini makes a great weeknight dinner in any new home. Whether you’ve got leftover breast meat, thigh or leg, simply remove the meat from the bone and cut into bite size pieces. You can used left over grilled veggies or add fresh ones you’ve lightly sautéed with garlic, onion and seasoning. Use fresh pasta when possible and be sure to top off your dish with fresh parsley or basil, and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
You may find that leftover hamburger patties taste very dry on the second day and although there may be family members in your new home who enjoy leftover burgers, transforming the meat into a different dish is a great way to mask the fact that you’re eating leftovers. Next time you find yourself with leftover burger patties, try cubing them and adding them to a quick chilly you can make just by sautéing some onion, peppers and corn. Add some canned kidney beans and the cubed meat and just simmer everything for 5-10 minutes after adding some water, beef stock or bbq sauce. Topped with sour cream and fresh chives turns left over burgers into an appetizing chilli that will make your new home smell delicious.