Left overs….so wonderful!

I love leftovers.  I see every left over as a personal challenge.  How can I continue getting lots of bang for my grocery buck and still have meals that are seared in your memory’s must redo list?  Today, I had left over Prime rib.  Oh what a problem to have (note sarcasm here).  I wanted to continue to do such a wonderful cut of meat justice and racked my brain all morning.  Prime Rib is not something that you can waste.  So, of course the bone and clinging meat went into a stock pot for my next deep delicious beef stock.  Now the meat.  That tender, pink, juicy meat.  Then a thunderbolt hit me.

There is this dish I do occasionally that Peter absolutely loves as do it.  It’s so layered and so filled with flavour and comfort, it’s always a winner.  I was thinking along the lines of stroganoff …. and then about this butternut squash dish and here is what I came up with:

I cut a small butternut squash in half, cleaned it out and scooped out a bit along the neck.  I turned the halves upside down in a glass pie plate with about 2 tbsp. water and microwaved on high for 5 minutes.  I took the halves out, emptied the water from the glass pie pan, put the halves in right side up, buttered the halves, salt and pepper and a light coating of brown sugar.

In pot I sautéed a half cup of onions in  a about 2 tbsps or more of  butter until soft, then added 1 cup of fresh mushrooms chopped, then added a clove of minced garlic until all was nice and soft lastly, I added cut strips of prime rib meat.  You certainly do not want to over cook prime rib so it goes last.  Then I added 3/4 cups of sour cream, pepper, nutmeg and tarragon to taste and quickly heated this through and removed from heat.

I then piled this onto each half of the squash.  On top of this I added a generous heap of left over garlic whipped potatoes and topped with fresh cheddar cheese. 

Bake at 375 degrees F until the potato and cheese is browning and squash is fork tender. 

Each person gets one half.  A flavour explosion in each bite.  Really good eating!

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My potato was heaped on without ‘looks’ in mind.  Can also be piped on and as fancy looking as you want.  Tonight I was fighting the clock a bit. 

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