Reinventing Leftovers with Crescent Rolls

There are some meals that are SO delicious, I start getting excited about the leftovers while I'm eating the actual meal (case in point: my mother in law's Thanksgiving dinner, or her top secret curry recipe....mmm).

And then there's every other meal's leftovers, that aren't so exciting. Ho hum. We try to be good about eating our leftovers, but with food holding such an important place in our hearts, we often ditch our boring leftovers for something shiny and fresh. So, I started looking for easy ways to reinvent leftovers, to make them as enticing as they were the day we cooked them.

As you all know, I would marry Costco if it was socially acceptable. So, during a recent shopping trip to Costco, I picked up a bulk package of crescent rolls (because why the heck not?), and have been using them to trick the hubster and myself into eating leftovers with the enthusiasm of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Disneyland employees.

In a nutshell, by rolling my leftovers into crescent dough, my leftovers can bask in their former glory for another day. Anyone can do this. There's no art or science to it. 

I begin by trying NOT to scare myself when I open the crescent roll can...Seriously, why must the can explode like a New Year's Eve popper? Does anyone else despise opening these things? There's got to be a better way. But I digress. I lay out my little crescent triangles on a baking sheet, sprayed with cooking spray.

Then I just pile in whatever leftovers I have... 

We rolled up our St. Patrick's Day leftovers with some havarti and dijon.  

Later that week, I used the crescent dough for an easy spin on dim sum steamed buns, stuffing them with my leftover Korean beef (again, with a touch of dijon). Instead of rolling the dough into the traditional crescent shape, I wrapped the dough around my leftovers to make round buns. These aren't really anything like an actual steamed bun, but they sure tasted good!! I made a side coleslaw with some leftover cabbage, sesame oil, noodle soup base and EVOO (and a few other things). Delish!

Who's ready to reprise their leftovers?


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  1. Looks yummy! David says leftovers are his lunch everyday. Which makes it more important for me to cook something fresh every night. We don't have leftover nights because we have lunches.

    However, I am definitely going to try the crescent roll route to see how it would play out. :)

  2. You are kinda a genius, you know that? That's a brilliant idea. Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday!


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