everyone is going to BBQ this weekend for the fourth of July. however, what in the world are you going to do with all of those leftovers??? i've searched high and low for some budget friendly ideas!!! check them out:
1. leftover hot dog & hamburger buns
i love chopping buns into little cubes, dousing them with olive oil, a little minced garlic, fresh grated Parmesan, and a dash of red pepper flakes. after preheating the oven to 400, i throw them on a cookie sheet and bake them for 10 minutes. presto! homemade croutons!!!
2. leftover sausages, hot dogs, and brauts
slice these up and toss in an omelet, spaghetti, on a pizza, or in a burrito. or slice and freeze them for a quick meal down the road!
3. leftover corn on the cob
you can always toss them back on the grill to reheat them. you can use the kernels in some homemade salsa. i love cutting the kernels off of the cob and adding them to a pasta salad! here's my favorite whole foods recipe:
Corn & Roasted Tomato Salad
4 ears corn, shucked, kernels removed
6 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups chopped spinach
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 pound dried penne or fusilli pasta
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium skillet, dry-roast corn over medium heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Place in a large mixing bowl with tomatoes, garlic, spinach and blue cheese. Set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain thoroughly. Add hot pasta to bowl with corn mixture. Stir to wilt spinach and blend ingredients. Drizzle with lemon juice and oil. Toss with walnuts, season with salt and pepper and serve.
feel free to send me your ideas for BBQ leftovers too! hope you had a great 4th!