Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Everything in the Refrigerator Stew

We had this little dish quite often growing up. It was delicious, and never the same twice.
I don't know where my mom got the idea, but she started keeping a rubbermaid container in the freezer, and whenever there was a little of something leftover from a meal (or after rewarming the leftovers), she's throw it in there. When the container got full, she'd add a little water and simmer the frozen chunk down.
I keep saying I'm going to do that, and make Paul experience this memory, but honestly, with only the 3 of us, leftovers usually disappear pretty well. (There were at least 5 of us home for most meals when we were growing up, with us being homeschooled - so one serving of leftovers wouldn't go too far.)
I made a semi-kinda-like-this recipe yesterday.... Here you go:
Potato Soup Version
a couple of potatoes
a chicken breast
minced garlic (the dried kind)
dried onions
sour cream
bacon bits (the "real" kind, not Bacos)

Cut up and boil the potatoes and chicken. Add the garlic and onion while cooking. When potatoes are tender, drain off some of the water. Add a couple dollops of sour cream and some bacon bits (since salad weather is long gone). Salt and pepper to taste.
Today, for leftovers, I added a little milk, a little more sour cream, and threw in the tater tots from last night's meal.

So it's not quite as unique as Mom's stew, but it was definitely comfort food for a cold, cold day.


Tiffany said...

Wow! Three posts in one day! We do this for dinner everyonce in a while...I call it Tiffany's Surprise and you never know how it will turn out. lol. Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

We call it "Hodge Podge"....it may be a mixture, or it may be random refrigerator contents in various tupperware containers, plus some cottage cheese and toast and cheese if we need a little more. Mom used to make vegetable soup for our huge family of 9 and it was always this and that out of the garden and she always seemed to have a "ham bone"....when did we ever have the ham? Carol