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3.15.2009

Leftovers Made Into Eggrolls



There is a lot of talk in these times about budgets with food and using what you have.A lot of people in the US tend to neglect their leftovers. We call ourselves putting it away in the freezer and forgetting about it until we come face to face and wonder what it was. With the economy as such a new focus is on getting all you can out what you have in your kitchen. Some peoples thoughts immediately think it will be a boring meal. Au contraire. The following is an example of what you can do with leftovers.

A while back I purchased some won ton wrappers which I never got around to using. Into the freezer they went. I had a whole side of chicken breast left over from that Lemon Grass Miso Spatchocked chicken I made here.
I cut up a few leaves of washed and dried Swiss Chard, chopped chicken , and a little Kim Chee sliced.
Take a beaten egg, and brush on edges of won ton wrapper. Place a bit of filling and roll your wrappers, being sure to tuck in you ends before you roll. Drop and fry in to hot vegetable or peanut oil until the skins are crisp. Serve with sweet chili sauce and cilantro garnish.
If you have leftover won ton skins, slice them and drop into hot oil. They make a great garnish for salad. Drain on paper towels and season with salt and Schezuan peppercorns ground.
More chicken breast with orange segments, shaved onion, romaine, and a dressing of honey, rice vinegar, and a bit of chili oil.
Now do you see the infinite possibilities of leftovers?

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32 comments:

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Love the wonton idea!!! I just never think of using them!!!

MrOrph said...

Yeah, I agree. I hate when I look in the ice box and see a delicious dish that we just let go to waste. So now we make extra just so we can have them for lunch. It is economical in a big way.

This is a great idea!

kayce. said...

glamah:
this is SUCH a gmta moment... i am incorporating wontons into part three of "the strategic shopper"! i love those little guys: so versatile! your egg rolls are gorgeous, btw.

kayce. said...

i meant "wonton wrappers" of course, not ACTUAL wontons, LOL. sorry, still groggy!

Sara said...

What a great idea! I love turning leftovers into something new, sometimes I wrap up leftovers in pizza dough and call it a calzone.

underOvr (aka The U) said...

You are a Glama-rous cook my friend!

I love the idea of wonton from leftovers.

I am being conditioned with every visit here (and loving it).

U

Christina said...

I utilize leftovers similarly to this, but the meat tends to end up as burrito/quesadilla filling. This is a great alternative and I like the addition of swiss chard.

Bren said...

i've finally started implementing a "nothing gets thrown away" policy in my kitchen. nada! i will make a soup, smoothie, SOMETHING before throwing food out... i even grill up my tacos from taco hell if i save a small amount for the next day! talk about being frugal! :)

toni said...

I cannot imagine how I would survive without leftovers. But you've taken them to a new height with this! I've eyed those wonton wrappers, but never had the courage to use them. I think I just got over that with this post.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great idea! These rolls look delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Nina Timm said...

Are you taking the Leftover Queen Head On???? I think she will love this recipe and the "stiff competition".

TeachGirl said...

Love it. To think that leftovers can look and sound so good!

Peter M said...

Look at you...you've turned a leftover that "has to be eaten" into a totally new eating experience...gold star for C-town!

Bellini Valli said...

I would definitely eat these leftovers Coco:D

Black and (a)Broad said...

Who needs a cookbook when you can come to your blog for ideas. Can't wait to try this one.

I finally got all the ingredients together to try the jollof rice you featured on the morning show back in February. It was so easy to make. It also passed the "would you like to eat it again" test/question I always ask my husband when I've made something new. An unqualified "yes" was the question. He even suggested that the next time I throw in some shrimp.

Thanks so much!

♥Rosie♥ said...

I fully agree with using up leftovers. As a child my mom would utilise every scrap of food into delicious meals for the family.

Great way to use up your leftovers Coco!!

The Duo Dishes said...

You are oh so right. You can make entirely new meals with leftovers. A little mix and match creation. The salad sounds great!

giz said...

You did a superior job and I'll bet you felt really good about NOT throwing anything away. We'll have to change your name to Coco, the Frugal Cook

Audax Artifex said...

I just brought some won ton wrappers I know exactly what I will be doing. Thanks for the great idea.

Heather said...

Wonton wrappers are also great for lazy ravioli. I could wreck a plate of those egg rolls.

~~louise~~ said...

What an inspiring recipe, Courtney. I've been have such fun using up leftovers these day. Sometimes challenging but for "free" it's worth it!

This recipe is a definite keeper. Perhaps, for National Ravioli Day on the 20th, I'll give your rendition a try:) Because you know I won't be making ravioli!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love this Courtney, both the eggrolls and the salad! Great use for leftovers! You're so brilliant!

Deborah said...

What a great way to use leftovers!

myfrenchkitchen said...

What a great idea and it looks delicious!
ronell

Nate-n-Annie said...

Sounds like a delicious "musgovian" creation! I like the use of kimchee.

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The Caked Crusader said...

I am guilty of storing bits and pieces to "use one day" only the day never arrives and I throw it out 6 months later.
This is quite inspiring!

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

What a great idea! LOVE it.

we are never full said...

excellent way to use up leftovers! i was just craving egg rolls but only had round wontons to make dumplings, but they were awesome. deep frying...mmmmm.

Ivy said...

Great way of using your leftovers Courtney. They look delicious.

kellypea said...

Mmm...wontons. I'll take 'em any way I can get them and haven't had any in a while. I seem to end up making soup or pasta something or other with my left overs. You're far more creative.

Sue G. said...

Now this is the food that I love the best. Fabulous post.

Carrie Oliver said...

Glamah! We ALWAYS have leftover chicken or steak or roast, this is such a great idea. Plus, I have some frozen won tons on hand, too. Will be fun to experiment with different fillings. Thank you!