Friends, would you believe that all this is, is leftovers re-created into something new? Neither would I, and I made it!!The other night, we went grocery shopping at Tesco, and found some truly killer deals on some foods that were about to expire. We got a chicken stuffed with bread stuffing, wrapped in prosciutto for about a Euro. Two heads of broccoli for €.40 and all kinds of other stuff for cheapsies. Into the freezer went most of it. I am especially excited about the chicken though - because it's dang expensive here, so we usually go without.
We cooked and ate the stuffed chickeny goodness, but had about half leftover - and I re-invented it.
The same night we ate the chicken - it took an hour to bake, so I made bruchetta with some tomatoes and onions and spices. After all was said and done, we had leftover bruchetta topping too. Not to mention the leftover broiled broccoli florets.
Now to the good part - what happened with all the leftovers.
First, I started boiling some penne.
I was not a huge fan of the stuffing so I removed what was left, and chopped the chicken (including the bits of leftover prosciutto sticking to it... yum) into bite-sized pieces and pan-fried them in a small bit of butter until golden brown. Once they were done, I threw in the broiled broccoli florets and the bruchetta topping (it was just chopped tomatoes, finely chopped onion, and some chopped garlic with a bit of salt and pepper) to get everything warm.
While that was heating up, I made a balsamic vinegar reduction.
Sounds harder than it is, really. Just pour some balsamic vinegar into a small pot and boil it away until it's reduced by half. The secret is to make sure you stir it often so it doesn't burn. I made about half a cup (one cup before boiling) and it was just enough.
When the pasta was finished, I drained it and threw it in a bowl then mixed in the chicken and all the other stuff with it (minus the balsamic reduction sauce).
I mixed it all together and it was BEAUTIFUL!
Once I dished it up, I poured the balsamic reduction sauce over it and wow, was it ever delicious!!! Fast, too, as all in all, it only took me about 10 minutes.
Who says leftovers can't be amazing?