This is just what it sounds like… a meal created out of leftovers, from the pantry and the freezer. I thought it came out pretty tasty for a meal inspired by the fact that I didn’t want to let leftovers go to waste.
Seared Pork Chops
I thawed two thick-cut, bone-in pork chops from our pig in the freezer. Pat the pork chops dry and season with salt and pepper. Add about 1 Tbsp butter or vegetable oil to a cast-iron pan over medium-high to high heat. Sear the pork chops on one side for about 3 minutes, sear on the fatty side by holding the chop in tongs for 1 minute, then flip and place in a preheated 350° oven for about 10 minutes. This can get pretty smokey, so make sure to have the hood fan running or the window open (preferably not in winter!).
Mashed Potato Cakes
Mix about 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes with 1 egg. Melt a few Tbsp butter in a skillet over medium heat, then drop in the potatoes in big spoonfuls. Flatten the potatoes into cakes and brown on both sides, then season with salt. My aunt always makes these for dinner on holidays, transforming the mashed potatoes leftover from lunch. They’re better than the originals!
Easy! I made creamed spinach for Christmas dinner, and just warmed it in the oven while I made the pork chops and potato cakes.
Also easy! Just open up a jar of home-canned applesauce.