Stir fry

Reinventing Barbecue leftovers

May 19, 2010

in Beef, Recipes, Reinventing leftovers

In our corner of the globe, it is barbecue season! The minute the sun sticks around long enough to melt the snow and make snowsuits optional, you will find my husband outside, scraping ice off the grill. Since it is now officially warm (I can hear my middle-eastern friends choking in the background) outside, I traded snow boots with crocks, ignoring my toes turning blue one day out of two.

Needless to say, we had our share of burgers, steaks and sausages lately. On the bright side, it gives me a break from the kitchen. On the not so bright side, it gives me a break from the kitchen. I wonder if I still remember how to cook. What doesn’t help is the fact that every time we barbecue, the hubs insists on using the entire pack of whatever it is we are grilling, which means that even on the odd day we are not barbecuing something, we still eat barbecued food. I have more grilled burgers (home made, I promise) in my fridge then I care to contemplate. Last week it was steaks. The male of the species would probably shake their heads but there is a limit to how much charred meat a girl can eat.

Faced with all that jazz (meat), I turned to my creative side and begged for help. Leftover steak? you will be thinly sliced and reinvented as stir-fry, complete with red peppers, zucchinis and orange-soy sauce glaze (containing orange juice, soy sauce, sweet chilly sauce and sesame oil). I can now feed my family supper that actually contains vegetables (and no, that tomato slice on the burger doesn’t count).


As for my burger colony, several have been mashed and reinvented as Pâté Chinois, the traditional Quebecois version of Shepperd’s pie, a layered dish of meat, corn and mashed potatoes. Thank you honey for the great idea.

Pate Chinois


I air-headedly forgot to measure my quantities as I was making these dishes. Since the steak stir-fry was such a major hit, I will definitely make it again and share the exact recipe with you. I cannot have you sacrificing your zucchinis for an approximate recipe, now can I?

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Kathy May 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Wow! This looks absolutely fabulous! Moist… Needless …mmm… 🙂

Melissa May 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

I definitely would like to do the reinvention of barbecues. Their will always be leftovers for this stuff.

Grand-Maman Miche May 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

Yum! These look very appetising. Wanted to talk about “Pâté Chinois”… The layered pie of patato & meat is the actual classic. The corn can be any vegetable that is laying around. I ate some with peas in it. And others with layered onions… I have seen the recipe where the patatoes where replaced with rice, but never tried it … yet. If rice, why not couscous, should be good too… I can even imagine the meat replaced by fish or fowl. There is also the awesome “Pâté du Lac St-Jean” made with three kinds of meat. Ate it once… it was de-li-ci-ous! Luv XXXXX

Kara July 1, 2010 at 4:55 am

I have seen the recipe where the patatoes where replaced with rice, but never tried it … yet. If rice, why not couscous, should be good too.

Samantha July 2, 2010 at 9:02 pm

If you find yourself with more tortillas on your hands than you want tacos, you’re just a few steps away from having homemade tortilla chips.

Michelle July 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

Well, If you have a barbecue and wind up with extra hamburgers (NOT cheeseburgers) you can break them up.

ayallawt July 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Thx Samantha!

Thant’s exactly what I did.

jane July 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I’ve made this recipe about 5 times or so, with homemade mayo, and it’s a huge success every single time.

Katie July 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Well, I think you have that nice idea, we can still recycle our left overs.Thanks for the great blog. Keep on posting.

jillian July 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

Great tips thanks for the information to saved food and not wasting, great blog keep it up.

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