Part of being a humble gourmet is knowing that you can’t always spend money on custom, special meals. Sometimes, you have to go to the leftovers and scraps in the fridge to get a meal on the table.
Shawn and I are currently saving up to buy our first home (so exciting!). We are just about at our savings goal, which means we are on major spending lock-down. No $40 dinners, no random shopping trips, no weekend lunches out. It’s tough sometimes, but we are just so close that we can really see it being worth it. So, scrap lunches have become the new thing for us.
Crumbled goat cheese and homemade olive tapenade left over from our New Year’s party. Extra green apple from the Apple-Caramel Pavlovas. Asiago cheese from Macaroni and Cheese night. Honey. Roasted red pepper. A few slices of bread, a handful of kettle chips and an ice tea.
No need to post a recipe with this meal. Just assemble, melt some butter, and toast. Grilled cheese my friends. Such a tasty and versatile little sandwich.
Such a great way to use up leftovers. Shawn had an Asiago, green apple and honey sandwich on whole wheat. Sweet and tart and salty all rolled into one, with the whole wheat providing an earthy and hearty backdrop for the other flavors to rest on. I had the goat cheese, roasted red pepper and tapenade on sourdough. Very hearty, salty, briny and sweet all mingling with the sourdough bread. It was goat cheese heaven.
We ate our little gourmet sandwiches while watching Dexter on Demand. Awesome Sunday lunch break. And far better than most grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve paid upwards of $7.50 for. Free gourmet grilled cheese. Who could ask for anything more?
Scrap meals are definitely the norm for us lately. But scrap meals doesn’t mean bad, past-their-prime leftovers. It’s all about creativity. Take some dry pasta and whatever fresh herbs are about to turn and have a fresh pasta dish. Take some chicken broth, left over roast chicken and instant rice for a delicious and hearty soup. Or make a grilled cheese sandwich. There are so many combinations you can do with grilled cheese, you’ll never get bored of it.
What’s your favorite “clean out the pantry” scrap meal to cook? THG