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A Pan Full of Deliciousness

I kind of feel like I’m always running to the store and looking for ‘what’s on sale’ in the flyers when planning my menus. And then I realize, “I already have a bag of onions, a bag of sweet potatoes, a bulb of garlic in the pantry, … oh …. and five chickens, 9 pounds of ground meat, a dozen packages of hot dogs and 5 bags of frozen broccoli in the freezer. Why do I keep buying food??” So tonight I used leftover rice, a pound of ground turkey and some pantry veggies and created a pan full of deliciousness. I don’t even know what to call it. Goulash? Hash? Or do I just call it what it is?

 

Sweet potatoes, ground turkey, rice, and broccoli roasted… in a pan… No. That’s boring. I think I’ll call it A Pan Full of Deliciousness.

pan full of deliciousness

pan full of deliciousness

You need to be able to brown on the stove top and then put the pan in the oven to finish roasting so consider using an oven safe pan or wrapping the handle (if it’s plastic or rubber) with aluminum foil to protect it.

This is all you do. The idea is to allow each item to cook a bit in the pan as you are chopping the next ingredient. So while you are chopping the onion the turkey is browning. While you are chopping the potato the onion is softening. So don’t try to prep all these ingredients and toss them all in. This is a methodical but simple recipe.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Enter the following items into the largest pan you have, placed over medium heat …IN THIS ORDER….

1 tsp olive oil

1 pound ground turkey

3 small cloves crushed garlic

1 small sweet onion or half a vidalia onion finely diced

1/2 tsp salt

12-15 cranks cracked black pepper

one medium diced sweet potato

1 tsp dried thyme leaves crushed between palms to release fragrance

pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce (3-5 heavy splashes)

1 Cup (or so) frozen broccoli florets

sprinkle broccoli with some more salt, just a sprinkle

toss well and then flatten into the pan so the bottom layer gets all toasty on the stove and then once entered into the oven the top gets roasty and toasty, too.

Place in oven for ten minutes, uncovered. Stir and flatten ingredients again. Roast again, ten more minutes.

Now add 3/4 cup to 1 cup of leftover rice, if you have it. If not, leave it out. I had it so I added it.

Heat through until you are satisfied with the roasty toasty deliciousness. Then stuff yo’ face.

Pork Quesadillas

So one evening we had pulled pork, with rice and broccoli.

pork, rice, broccoli

pork, rice, broccoli

The next night we had all of that chopped up and put between two tortillas. I’ll be honest I can’t remember exactly how I made this. I can’t even recall what kind of cheese I put in it either. I’d imagine something mild like Mozzarella. Just something to help hold it all together but not take away from the yummy tangy ¬†flavors infusing the pork. My goal here is to get you to think farther than a boring container of leftovers in your fridge. Think of how you can transform it and present it again at the table and have your family ooh and aah over it. Instead of, “I don’t want what we had last night,”¬† …have fun thinking of something new! Sometimes you discover the leftovers are better than the first meal. My favorite (re-)creations are pizzas and quesadillas. Good luck! “Fix yourself a dang case-uh-dilla.” (name the movie!)

Leftover Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Leftover Pulled Pork Quesadillas