Thursday, September 13, 2012

Leftovers Supper (or hors d’œuvres for dinner)

Though I obviously love to cook, sometimes it’s nice (especially when it’s NYC summer hot) to not turn on the oven after a day at work.  Kyle and I are particularly fond of doing finger food dinners; it’s a great way to use up the odds and ends from your fridge and very filling and fun.  It’s like eating all the hors d’œuvres at a party!

As an example, this is the dinner we had on Saturday after a long, hot day of biking along the Croton Aqueduct.  I didn’t mention it in the post, but it was SO HOT on our bike trip that we only ate the plums and carrots I packed and drank all the water, the bread, eggs, cheese and salami came back home the way they were packed.  That was fine, because they all became our dinner!

If we go around the picture, starting as near to 12 o’clock as possible, we had 1) a big hearty roll, sliced up, 2) an avocado, halved with some salt and pepper, that we ate with spoons, 3) a big bowl of crisp lettuce that we just ate with our fingers and dipped in -> 4) a delicious dipping sauce I created with a diced leftover scallion from this recipe (see, using up leftovers all over the place!), some olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette and grated parmesan cheese, 5) the manchego and wine cured hazelnut salami we didn’t eat earlier in the day with some baby carrots and finally 6) the soy sauce eggs I made quickly once we were home from the ride.

This was fast to put together and apart from the bread, we finished everything!  I love to make big, elaborate meals, but it’s equally fun to cobble together what you have lying around and have everyone just pick with their fingers.  Plus, did I mention yet? It really cleans out the leftovers from your fridge!

Are there any other easy finger foods / staples that you would add to something like this?

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