Leftovers Friday

So, it's Friday night, I'm full of cold and facing a relaxing evening of doing very little on the sofa. It has come to my attention that I have recently been a lazy girl with my food. Over the past couple of weeks, I have not been smart with my choices and have let far too much lovely grub linger in the darkness of my chiller. My veg box is often so plentiful that I can't get through it all in one week, but there seems to be more than the usual amount of slightly sad looking veggies lingering in the bottom of my fridge. My once beautiful purple Russian kale lies limp next to little Kent button mushrooms that are starting to wrinkle, and once black kale now yellowing around the edges. Then there's the leftover black eye beans from Monday, turkey mince from yesterday and baked beans from today's packed lunch. I refuse to let their lives have been in vain, and will make a dinner using them all and more! And it will be awesome. Honestly. Really bloody tasty. Mr Munch ate over half of it and just couldn't put it down. Never before have leftovers packed such a flavour punch.

So, what's for dinner?

Bat Out of Hell Meatloaf
Serves 4

Measures are all a guess, and pretty irrelevant as when it comes to scraps and ends, it was just all thrown in.

For the meatloaf:
350g turkey mince
1/2 tin baked beans
1/2 tin black eye beans
3 inches chorizo, diced small
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, diced or minced
1 chili, finely chopped
2 rashers smokey bacon, finely chopped
end of cheddar, grated
some rosemary, picked and chopped
some thyme, picked and chopped
salt & pepper
1 egg

For the potatoes:
enough spuds for however many diners, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, whole peeled
1-2 tbsp crème fraîche
1-2 tsp fresh grated horseradish
knob of butter
splash of milk
salt & pepper

For the veggies:
1 large leek, sliced
2 big bunches off purple Russian kale, chopped
2 big bunches of black kale, hard stalks removed and chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/7. Combine all of the ingredients for the meatloaf in a bowl, mixing the ingredients well and using the egg to bind the mixture. Form into a loaf shape on an oven proof tray or dish. Pop in the oven and let cook for 35 minutes or so.
  2. Pop the garlic and potatoes into a pan of salted water and boil until ready to mash. Drain, add butter and milk and mash. Season, add horseradish and crème fraîche and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Pop all of your veggies in a small pan of salted water, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes or until tender.
  4. Is that it? Yes, sounds simple, right? It is! You may now serve it all. Get ready for some overwhelmed taste buds.

What is your favourite leftovers dinner?


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