Monday, February 16, 2009

Loser Party of One: Leftovers Again?

Botero - The Dinner - 1992I know what you're saying, "I thought Sunday was leftover night?" Well, it was a three-day weekend, and Monday became the new Sunday. Besides, who's making the rules around here, you or I?

When we left our kitchen on Saturday, roast beast was resurrected to resume its rightful place in the dinner menu repertoire. But what do you do with all that leftover meat? My stepmother, Anita, wouldn't even have to pose the question. Cut up the roast into strips, slow cook with some chili, spices and a good stock until very tender. Re-fry leftover black beans from tostada night and wrap everything in a soft, warm flour tortilla.
Slow cooking leftover roast beast stripsSlow cook leftover roast beast in a good broth with some chili and spices tossed in to jazz up the meat.
Re-fried black beansFry cooked black beans in olive oil. Break down some of the beans by mashing them with a fork. Cook most of the liquid out of the beans. Add slices of cheddar cheese and stir to melt into the beans.
Heat flour tortillas on a griddleHeat flour tortillas on a griddle until warm and soft. Flip frequently so that the tortillas do not get crispy.
Wrap bean & meat in tortilla with sour cream and hot saucePile meat & beans in a warm tortilla, top with sour cream and hot sauce, and wrap everything up.
Having company? Make a pot of Mexican rice, or halve avocadoes, drizzle balsamic vinegar into the depression where the pit used to be, slice some radishes and chives, and serve on the side.
I've been making leftover burritos since I was 11 or 12-years old. Beans and tortillas were a constant in my childhood. My stepmother eschewed a knife and fork, but rather tore off a piece of tortilla and scooped everything on her plate into it. She could strip a pork or lamb chop bare with just that method. She was amazing.
We're gonna have to come up with a better title for this single-serving series. Losers don't eat this well.
Thanks for taking the time - Blog O. Food

1 comment:

Matt said...

Losers indeed do not eat that well. Before you said it, I thought to myself that some mexican rice was needed, but few folks will go that route for a single plate. Why is it that while so many mexican foods are better the next day.. mexican rice is exactly the opposite? Hmm....