Sunday, April 5, 2015

Making Do With Leftovers

I hope that you and yours had a lovely Easter.  Yesterday was the day that I made a brown sugar glazed spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, steamed asparagus, a mandarin orange green salad and a jello salad with cool whip and cottage cheese.  I wasn't able to serve dinner at our home because I have been sick with a cold, so I delivered a large platter of food to my sweet son and his girlfriend.  I would have much rather had a lovely meal at our table, but sparing loved ones from illness was a better option.  

Today, a container of leftover ham, potatoes and a bag of baby greens sat on a shelf in the fridge.   I didn't want to just reheat the leftovers (but that would have been fine with my husband), so I decided to make a little creation.  I guess I've been watching too many episodes of "Chopped" on the Food Network Channel.  The things you can squeeze in when down for the count......


I took a portion of the scalloped potatoes and made them into a mash, adding some flour and eggs.  I placed a large spoonful in hot vegetable oil and smashed the top down a bit, making the mixture into a potato pancake.  I cooked each side until brown and then drained on a paper towel.

Extra ham was diced up into small pieces, as was one peeled Granny Smith apple, and then sauteed in a small amount of vegetable oil and two tablespoons of butter.  Once softened and heated, I drizzled a little bit of Vermont Maple Syrup over the hot mixture.

Some Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese was diced into small bites.  I then plated the warm pancake first and topped with the greens.  On the greens I added the warm ham and apple mixture and sprinkled with the cheddar cheese.  The finishing touch was a small drizzle of Raspberry Vinaigrette.  The combination of the warmth of the pancake, the crispness of the greens and then the savory bits of ham, apple and maple syrup were delightful.  I liked the contrast of the raspberry dressing, but perhaps maybe a warm apple butter drizzle might be nice and with a dollup of sour cream.



I lit a candle to honor Jesus for his sacrifices for us and also for our loved ones who are no longer here to celebrate special days and memorable moments in life.  


Peace and love to all......






20 comments:

Pondside said...

I think you'd do well on one of those cookery shows! Your potato pancake creation looks wonderful.

20 North Ora said...

That sounds and looks delicious! You definitely wouldn't have gotten chopped. That is one of my favorite shows. Hope you are feeling better and had a very Happy and Blessed Easter.

Judy

Sandy said...

Looks delicious Becky! Happy Easter to you and your family. I hope you feel better soon.

Kris said...

That sounds delicious. We were on the road home from Central Coast and had a Baja taco from El Pollo.
Yours sounds so much better!!
XO Kris

Art and Sand said...

Now that's my kind of leftovers!

chateau chic said...

You made a beautiful as well as delicious looking creation with your leftovers!
Mary Alice

June said...

YUM YUM YUM!!!! Sure wish I had been there for a plate Becky!
I am so sorry you weren't feeling well over the holiday. I also missed our Easter feast (didn't even get to make it) because I had vertigo, so the family all went to their grandmother's and she loved it!

I also love your newest decorated room. It looks absolutely beautiful!!! I bet you smile every time you walk in or by it :)))
sending hugs...

Elsie said...

Sounds great Becky! I sure hope you feel better soon.

NanaDiana said...

Oh! That sounds good to me! Nothing like CREATIVE leftovers---something I rarely take the time to do! Those look GREAT! xo Diana

Happy@Home said...

So sorry to hear that you were under the weather for Easter, Becky. I must say your menu sounds delicious and your creativity with the leftovers is most impressive.
Hope you are feeling all better soon.

Kimberly~Nutbrown Cottage said...

Becky, this is a new side of you we haven't seen! I say!

Keep watching Chopped, girlfriend. Its creativity is definitely rubbing off on you!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

It's hard to realize that all that has happened, not to just you and I, Becky, with the loss of your son and my daughter not long afterward, but ow much has happened to other bloggers we have come to know and care for. I know we both felt sadness this Easter..but I know there was joy also. You and I knew one another such a brief time when sadness struck. I think of you often..

I will try your left over recipe because I have LOTS of ham left over. Take good care, Becky. We Californian's know how to stand on our feet when the earth shakes beneath us. :) Stay strong, Becky.
Hugs,
Mona

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Hope you are feeling better, Becky. Your improvised meal looks delicious!

Connie said...

That all sounds delightful...

Rue said...

That really looks amazing, Becky! I never would have thought to combine those things. I guess I should watch more chopped ;)

I hope you feel better soon!

(((hugs)))
rue

Katie Mansfield said...

That looks amazing.

Simply Shelley said...

Peace and love to you my friend. By the way this was a yummy post ;) Blessings

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I think you might have another career as a food stylist! Hope you enjoyed your day.

Jules said...

Yum! I can see you on a special blogger edition of Chopped! xoxo jules

Kit said...

Oh so yummy looking! Hope you are feeling better soon. :) Kit