Now that the party is over, and your refrigerator is bursting with boxes of left-over meals, one thing is for sure; you need not worry about cooking for the next few days! But that does have to mean eating the same dull party food.
Up your kitchen game by repurposing all the leftover items, and let the real party begin!
Scroll down to discover easy after-party recipes that you can rustle up with leftover party food!
1. One-Pot Beef Tenderloin Stew
Beef tenderloin, also called a filet mignon, is a regular at house parties, especially during the festive season. This tender, lean, and flavorful cut create a mouthwatering, melting sensation for our tastebuds.
Because it’s a huge cut, you’ll likely have leftovers unless you feed a village. One option you can consider is reheating beef tenderloin leftovers for the next day.
If you’re wondering how to reheat beef tenderloin, you can microwave, reheat it in the oven, or use sous vide methods to warm it up. Other than that, here’s a soul-warming recipe you can make with this special cut.
All the ingredients are cut into big chunks. There aren’t any fixed measurements, so you can simply go by your taste.
- Leftover beef tenderloin
- Lots of onions
- Tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- Beef broth
- Balsamic vinegar
- Frozen peas
- Season the beef tenderloin pieces generously with salt and pepper, sear all sides in a Dutch oven with some oil heated, develop a crust, and take them out.
- Add onions, garlic, and tomato paste into the pan with the beef fat and sear well.
- Add balsamic vinegar, deglaze the pan, and cook until the beef browning dissolves.
- Put the beef back in and stir everything well.
- Pour the beef broth, cover it with a lid, bring it to a boil, and then let it simmer gently for an hour.
- Put in potatoes and carrot into the simmering pot, cover it, and let it all simmer until the vegetables soften.
- Add peas at the end so they don’t get mushed up.
- Remove the pot from heat when the peas have softened enough, and the seasonings taste balanced.
Serve it with rice, or bread, or just have it by itself, and it’ll warm up your body pleasantly.
2. Beef Tacos
It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t like tacos, be it soft-shell or fired-shell. There are many ways you can make one, with chicken, fish, beef, or any other protein of your choice. And if you have leftover beef tenderloin in your refrigerator, then you’re at an advantage!
For anyone trying to figure out how to reheat beef tenderloin and use it, this recipe will come as a great benefit. Reheat the beef and then cut it into a thin slice, or cut it and then heat it up, it’s up to you!
All the ingredients here are cut into thin strips, except for the taco shell and lemon wedge. You can also use ground beef to make your tacos instead of beef tenderloin here.
- Taco shell
- Beef tenderloin
- Purple cabbage
- Grated cheddar or crumbled feta
- Hot sauce (optional)
- Lemon wedge
- Warm up or fry your taco shells.
- Heat up the beef tenderloin and make it into strips, or sear beef tenderloin strips, whichever you prefer more.
- Arrange all the ingredients in the taco shells, starting with shredded lettuce and cabbage, then the beef, carrots, and onions.
- Sprinkle some salt and pepper, drizzle some hot sauce on top, and add the shredded cheddar or crumbled feta cheese, whichever you like more.
As the finishing touch, squeeze the juice from a lemon wedge when you’re about to bite into the taco.
3. Roasted Vegetable and Seafood Salad
If you’ve had a seafood boil at your party and have plenty of leftovers, you can easily make a salad by mixing it with some roasted vegetables. Here’s an easy recipe for this roasted vegetable and seafood salad. For the dressing, try the sampaloc (tamarind) sauce Filipinos use in their seafood boil. It’ll introduce you to a brand new flavor.
- Seafood (shrimp, crawfish, crab, lobster, clams, etc.)
- 3 carrots
- 4 potatoes
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 red onion
- 1 cup spinach or arugula
For Sampaloc sauce:
- 300g tamarind
- Deshell all the seafood and break or cut them into bite-sized pieces (except shrimp and crawfish).
- Cut the carrots, potatoes, and bell pepper into bite-sized pieces and roast them thoroughly in some olive oil.
- Boil the tamarind in some water and salt until it’s thick and saucy.
- Toss the seafood, roasted vegetable, and thinly sliced onions with some salt and pepper.
- Lay a bed of spinach or arugula on a dish and carefully plate the tossed veggies and seafood.
- Drizzle the sauce on top of the salad.
This simple recipe is good for your body as it’s full of nutrition unless you’re allergic to seafood, and the sauce will also add a twist with its sweet and sour flavors. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you can omit the cheese and seafood and enjoy the salad.
4. Revamped Hashbrowns
Mashed potato is a very popular side dish for many occasions, whether you’re serving steak or seafood. It adds a creamy yet light and fluffy touch to every main dish. You’re bound to have leftover mashed potatoes with which you can make hash browns.
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- Ground black pepper
- Olive oil to fry
- Mix the mashed potato, egg, and onion in a bowl.
- Add salt and pepper according to your taste.
- Heat olive oil in a frying pan.
- Scoop the potato mixture and pour it into the heated oil in palm-sized circles.
- Flatten them with a spatula until they’re an inch thick, and cook until the bottom is adequately browned.
- Flip to cook the other side.
You can serve it as is, with ketchup and tartar sauce on the sides, or dip it in cream to add more to the smooth texture.
With whatever leftovers you have from your party and just a little thought, you can always get creative and prepare new dishes from old food. Whether you have all veggies, chicken, beef, turkey, or seafood, you can easily toss them into hearty stews, wraps, salads, and much more.
We hope you found this article helpful and will try these recipes on your after-party leftovers. Make revamped versions of your old favorite, or try making something new!