Let’s face it, leftovers can be just as puzzling as the initial meal. Great recipes for post-holidays.
Green Bean Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
This salad can be made a day ahead and is best served at room temp. Feel free to be loose with amounts. Use the leftovers you have. Great for a buffet, picnic you name it!
8 oz (or leftover amount) green beans trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1-2 lbs small potatoes any variety
4 tbsp light vinegar such as white wine, white balsamic apple cider, herb
1 lg shallot finely chopped or 1/4 cup chopped white, red or green onion
1 tbsp Stonewall Kitchen Caramelized Onion Mustard
2/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp chopped parsley or other herbs (such as tarragon or thyme)
Want more color? Add some cherry tomatoes!
Left over instructions: Cut potatoes into large bite size pieces. Put potatoes in bowl and pour 2 tbsp of vinegar over. Add beans, shallot and parsley. Whisk remaining vinegar, oil and mustard, pour over and toss together.
Scratch Instructions: Bring potatoes to boil in large pot of water and cook until just able to pierce with fork but not quite done. Add beans and cook for 3 mins and drain whole pot in colander. Dip out potatoes and cut into bite size pieces while still hot. Follow instructions above.
Ham and Cheese Pastry
A comforting use of leftover Ham or use sliced deli ham. It makes an easy lunch or dinner and is kid friendly. Pairs well with the green bean salad.
One square of puff pastry (sold in grocery stores usually 2 to a box) defrosted
Sliced or chopped ham
Sliced or shredded cheese
Lay the pastry on a greased baking sheet or sheet of parchment. Spread the center third with Stonewall Kitchen Caramelized Onion Mustard. Layer with ham and shredded cheese. Put everything on 1/2 of the pastry and fold over like a turnover. Brush the outside with some beaten egg yolk or melted butter and bake at 400 degrees for about 30 mins until golden brown.
Feel free to use your favorite combination of meats or veggies and cheeses. You can also make these individual if your family is like mine and everyone wants something a little different!
Want the braided look shown above? Make 1 inch cuts along each side of pastry, on the diagonal and fold these up alternately.