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added over 2 years ago

I'd add sauteed mushrooms , okra , butternut squash and sliced jerusalem artichokes; cover and simmer til okra and squash are done; serve over pasta or grain- couscous would be excellent. You could even make that sauce moroccan flavored by adding some chile flakes,cumin, allspice, a little cinnamon... (google moroccan stews)

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Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

Freeze in smallish portions (half cup or cup) to use for future dishes when you want them. Thin with water to make beef risotto. Add some onions, croutons & gruyere cheese for a version of French onion soup. Add some cooked rice or noodles for a simple soup.

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added over 2 years ago

I have exact same issue from dinner last night- I'm going to use some as gravy for a meatloaf planned later in the week and freeze the rest to use as a starter for French onion soup, or to add to a meaty tomato sauce, or to bolster a mushroom barley or lentil soup. Way back when I would make several briskets a week, I would save up the gravy and them turn it into a kick ass Sweet & Sour Cabbage soup- which is like if beef vegetable soup and stuffed cabbage had a beautiful soupy baby. I think of it as Super Stock.

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Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Nancy is a food writer, historian, and author of many books, her most recent being Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin.

added over 2 years ago

How about turning it into a savory pasta sauce? You might cook short curly pasta until not quite done, mix it with the leftover sauce, top with breadcrumbs and grated cheese, and pop it in a hot oven for 15 minutes or so. Call it pasta al forno con avanzi (meaning baked pasta with leftovers, but the Italian sounds a lot sexier).

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Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

Turn it into a fabulous beef stew.

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Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

For budget stuff:
How about in Swedish meatballs over pasta, or a Salisbury steak with peppers, onions and mushrooms. Or shank steak (cooked in a pressure cooker with the sauce and a bit more wine. All super thrifty meals.

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