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!
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.