Hang onto your sombrero…today I’m taking you and my leftovers south-of-the-border. Once again, I offer 3 recipes that can be mixed, matched…and, yes, repurposed. Be sure to check out the ‘OMG, lick-the-spoon, lick-the-plate, I-can’t-wait-to-make-this-again’ sauce. Andalé!
Repurposing kitchen ingredients means taking an ingredient and giving it a totally new flavor profile and /or preparation and presentation.
How many live by the old adage “waste not, want not“? I do…especially when it’s relates to good food.
This meal started from leftover (uncooked) cauliflower, pumpkin puree and breadcrumbs, all from the parmesan crackers with creamy pumpkin and roasted cauliflower. A little tomato sauce in a container and 1 (uncooked) zucchini leftover from the Spanish fish stew were the inspiration for the pork chops and a few other look-around-the-kitchen ingredients rounded it out.
I originally used these ingredients in a decidedly Mediterranean way so in the spirit of ‘repurposing’, I decided to take it south-of-the-border by switching up the flavor profiles.
2 cups of raw cauliflower (florets minced)
2 tbs of minced onion
season with evoo, s+p
Roast at 400 degrees; mix with 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree spiced with salt, pepper, chipotle, a dash of chili powder, and fresh lime juice. Smash!
Serve on a toasted tortilla round and top with toasted breadcrumbs and dollop of sour cream with lime zest.
Marinate in evoo, salt, white pepper, chili flakes, cumin, chipotle, smoked paprika and fresh lime juice.
Pan fry and then braise till chops becomes fork tender and sauce is thickened (see following recipe).
1 sm onion minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tbs tomato sauce
2 piquillo peppers minced
3 tsp of guava paste
salt + pepper
…and diced zucchini!
This is the first time I ever used guava paste in a savory application…it married so well with the sauteed onions and the tomato sauce and it balanced my aggressive shake of hot sauce.
Message to Readers: Sorry this post and the prior 3-recipe post does not have the ‘print’ feature you like, but that only works with one recipe per post. I could have done 3 separate posts but I wanted to show a completed dish that could be broken out and used in different applications.
[Recipes as noted make 2 servings.]