The Soviet kitchen is largely based on use of leftovers.
Check out these ideas of how to re-use things smartly!
scroll down to find the links to the recipes listed by the leftover ingredient
BREAD – stale
helps you give your bread a very tasty and cheesy second life
use up your leftover white bread and apples and flavour it to your taste
aka pappa al pomodoro, a way to use up your bread that unfortunately has become too stale
BUCKWHEAT GROATS – cooked
unusual salty dish with greens in between chewy cornmeal layers
COUSCOUS – cooked
an improvisation dish using lunch leftovers
addictive crunchy-crumbly biscotti
a very sweet and crumbly giant shortcrust cookie from Brittany, France
big and soft cookies
JAM, FRUIT COMPOTES
soft and vanilla-delicious cake for which you can use apples from compote
use apple jam for the cake and apple puree as filling and glaze
a super dolce (sweet) and morbido (soft) gingerbread-like Italian cake
will work very nice with jam instead of fresh apples
spicy gingerbread-like muffins
from a time-proved hand-written recipe
turn milk into your own cream cheese!
POTATOES – boiled / mashed
soft and moist bread with mashed potatoes
use either mashed or boiled potatoes for these traditional Karelian pies
and also some tips what to do with your boiled / mashed potatoes
chewy moist bread with
burnt potato flavour
a very soft and cheesy pie, nicely crumby and perfectly paired with some sour cream
flat pies originally from the North of Russia, can be with a variety of toppings
you can use leftover mashed potatoes as a filling for these pies
a giant loaf of soft and sweetish white bread
RICE – boiled
flat cheese pies with thin dough and a similarly thin layer of filling… with rice!
this pie is not your normal rice pudding. It has NUTS inside, by the way!
try my version with leftover boiled white rice
SOURDOUGH CULTURE – don’t just discard it!
when there’s some sourdough left, why not turn it into a quick pizza crust?
WINE – yes, why not? white wine in particular
boozy, very soft and syrupy cake
soft sugary biscuits with a very subtle wine flavour and a crunchy sugary crust
creamy chewy risotto made with white wine