Today in Frugal Homemade: Using up your leftovers, by way of a delicious demonstration in the form of Best Ever Grilled Cheese with Roasted Garlic, Onions, & Avocado. You may have noticed that in the meal planning posts and elsewhere I talk a lot about eating leftovers — but that doesn’t always have to be in their original form.
I do always try to use our leftovers in one way or another, though, because it’s pretty much just like throwing money away if you don’t.
Recently I was talking to a friend who told me her family won’t eat leftovers. Won’t. Not in a house, not in a box, not with a mouse, not with a fox… not in any way, shape, or form. This, I just don’t understand — especially when leftovers, repurposed differently, can sometimes turn out even better than the original. To wit:
Best Ever Grilled Cheese with Roasted Garlic, Onions, & Avocado
This morning I picked up $.49 avocados at ALDI, then came home and was scrounging around my fridge for lunch. I found some roasted garlic & onions left over from making some slow cooker garlic chicken thighs a few days ago, and since it’s flat out criminal to waste a good batch of roasted garlic & onions…
2 slices sourdough bread
Sliced sharp white cheddar
Leftover roasted garlic & onions
1/2 a ripe avocado, sliced
Butter both slices of bread. Place one slice butter side down in cast iron grill pan, then top with sliced sharp white cheddar. Add leftover roasted garlic & onions, then top with some shredded cheddar-Jack. Top with second slice of bread, butter side up. Cook the first side over medium heat until browned, then flip and cook the other side until browned. Remove sandwich from pan and add avocado slices. Enjoy!
Bet you’re wishing you had some leftovers now…
😉 But I don’t even have my leftovers anymore, because… I ate it all. Best. Grilled. Cheese. Sandwich. Ever! Seriously, though, if you want to make my sandwich here, but don’t happen to have leftovers handy, you can always saute or roast up some onions & garlic cloves, too.
Best Ever Grilled Cheese, printable recipe
- 2 slices sourdough bread
- Shredded cheddar-Jack
- Sliced sharp white cheddar
- Leftover roasted garlic & onions
- 1/2 a ripe avocado, sliced
- Butter both slices of bread.
- Place one slice butter side down in cast iron grill pan, then top with sliced sharp white cheddar.
- Add leftover roasted garlic & onions, then top with some shredded cheddar-Jack.
- Top with second slice of bread, butter side up.
- Cook the first side over medium heat until browned, then flip and cook the other side until browned.
- Remove sandwich from pan and add avocado slices.
Is yours a leftovers-eating family, or do they rebel at the very thought of seeing a food reappear? What happens when you try to repurpose leftovers into an entirely new food?
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