A creative cook needs only two methods of cooking leftovers, two master recipes that disguise those bits and pieces and presto-change-o them into something completely new and exciting. These days we might call them kitchen hacks, but these kitchen "tricks" been around forever: toss leftovers into a soup pot, or wrap them in eggs. Fold any leftovers into any basic soup or egg recipe, and you've got a reliably wonderful "new" dish to put on the table. And that is the genesis of this frittata. I started with a single slice of smoked salmon, and half an avocado. A large fennel bulb intended for something else gave up part of its outer stalk and a leafy frond, and added a bit of crunchy, anise undertone....
The idea for this rustic fish and fennel pot pie came to me in a dream, and unless you are Sigmund Freud (you're not, are you?), I'm not going to bore you with the details. Somewhere in the dream, I was planning a menu for La Vigilia, the traditional Italian Christmas Eve feast of seven fishes, which in real life I don't celebrate, so I'm sure it wasn't real. One of the dishes on my imaginary menu was a fish pot pie, and if I were making this for La Vigilia, I'd stuff it with several kinds of fish, and perhaps some shrimp or scallops, too. A brightly flavored bulb of fennel will make a real difference, but if you don't like the anise overtones...
This sausage, pepper and mushroom frittata -- quick and easy to make -- takes inspiration from one of New England's favorite Italian-American sandwiches. It's a great combination that makes a filling main course.
Serve this asparagus, mushroom and goat cheese breakfast casserole for brunch, or for dinner, or for a party. And if you don't have asparagus, use any vegetables in your market.
Oven-baked matzoh brei will liberate your from messy stove-top cooking, and you'll be making this baked egg and matzoh dish all year long. Caramelized onions add sweetness, or omit them for a more traditional egg breakfast.
With just a cup of leftover mashed potatoes, you can make a brand new broccoli and cheddar quiche. A perfect way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers.
In our house, eggs are perfect for any meal. This breakfast casserole tastes just as good for dinner, served with crusty bread and a simple green salad.