Yesterday I cooked a slow cooker beef stew – it was really yummy but as always whenever I make a stew *or a Roast Diner* I had tonnes of leftovers even after we’d all had seconds. I froze up a couple of portions to have later on during the week but then had a quick google online to see what else I could do with the mixed vegetables and meat that I had left.
PS my stew recipe is to chop up whatever veg is in the kitchen, add whatever meat is in the fridge (cubed), put it all in the slow cooker with a couple of Knorr stock pots or a Schwartz beef casserole mix then season and stick it on low for 9 hours (so easy!).
I eventually found this recipe for Lamb and Vegetable pastry triangles and decided to adapt it to suit what I had in the cupboard and fridge.
I drained my stew in a colander, chopped the vegetables smaller and shredded the large chunks of meat until I had enough to fill my pies. I also cooked up the last bit of a bag of frozen peas – just to add a little extra veg (in the stew I already had potatoes, carrots, swede, leek, onion and courgette)
Once that was done I prepped my tray by lining it in baking paper, heated the oven to 180°C and cut my ready-rolled puff pastry from Jus-Rol into squares (as you can see they were a bit wonky!)
I popped a heaped teaspoon of the mixture into the middle of each wonky square, then folded it into a triangle or rectangle (depending on just how wonky the square was to start with!) and pressed down the edges with a fork
I placed them on the prepared tray, brushed the tops with eggs and popped them in the oven for about 10-12 minutes until they were golden brown
I’m really pleased with how they turned out – I made 8 (clearly I had to try one!) and they are tasty – they will be going in Scott and Lily’s packed lunches for work and school tomorrow… Oh and I may have eaten a second one since taking this photo oops!
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be adapted really easy to suit your tastes and ingredients – Lily isn’t fond of spicy food but if I was making this just for Scott and I then I probably would have added some curry powder, or if I’d had leftover chicken I think fajita seasoning would have worked really well!
How do you use up leftovers?