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

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

helps you give your bread a very tasty and cheesy second life

Gramma’s Apple Bread Pudding

use up your leftover white bread and apples and flavour it to your taste

Tuscan Bread and Tomato Soup

aka pappa al pomodoro,  a way to use up your bread that unfortunately has become too stale


Blatsaria me kalambokalevro or Cornmeal Greens Pie from Epirus

unusual salty dish with greens in between chewy cornmeal layers

COUSCOUS – cooked

Zucchini and Couscous Cheesy Bake

an improvisation dish using lunch leftovers


Almond Biscotti

addictive crunchy-crumbly biscotti


Gros Sablé Breton

a very sweet and crumbly giant shortcrust cookie from Brittany, France

Sour Cream Snickerdoodles

big and soft cookies


Apple Cake

soft and vanilla-delicious cake for which you can use apples from compote

Applesauce Walnut Cake

use apple jam for the cake and apple puree as filling and glaze

Cake with Quadruple Chocolate and Tangerine Apple Marmalade

a super dolce (sweet) and morbido (soft) gingerbread-like Italian cake

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping

will work very nice with jam instead of fresh apples

Country Applesauce Muffins

spicy gingerbread-like muffins

My Friend’s Granny’s “Grated” Pie

from a time-proved hand-written recipe


Homemade Basa Cheese (Croatian)

turn milk into your own cream cheese!

POTATOES – boiled / mashed

Deli Bread

soft and moist bread with mashed potatoes

Koloby, Karelian Pies with Cheese and Potatoes

use either mashed or boiled potatoes for these traditional Karelian pies

Mashed Potatoes, our family recipe

and also some tips what to do with your boiled / mashed potatoes

Pane con Patate ed Erba Cipollina or Potato and Herbs Sourdough Bread

chewy moist bread with burnt potato flavour

Πατατόπιτα (Patatopita, Potato Pie)

a very soft and cheesy pie, nicely crumby and perfectly paired with some sour cream

Shangi with Potatoes (Shangi s Kartoshkoy)

flat pies originally from the North of Russia, can be with a variety of toppings

Τυρόπιτες και χορτόπιτες με ζύμη πεϊνιρλί (Cheese and Greens Pies with Traditional Peinirli Dough)

you can use leftover mashed potatoes as a filling for these pies

Pane a Spiga con Patate or Spike-Like Potato Bread

a giant loaf of soft and sweetish white bread

RICE – boiled

Khachapuri with Suluguni

flat cheese pies with thin dough and a similarly thin layer of filling… with rice!

Swiss Easter Rice Tart

this pie is not your normal rice pudding. It  has NUTS inside, by the way!

Ualibakh, Traditional Caucasian Fresh Cheese Pie from Ossetia 

try my version with leftover boiled white rice

SOURDOUGH CULTURE – don’t just discard it!

Zucchini Rye Pizza from Leftover Sourdough

when there’s some sourdough left, why not turn it into a quick pizza crust?

WINE – yes, why not? white wine in particular

Chocolate Red Wine Cake

boozy, very soft and syrupy cake

Ciambelline al vino (Wine Donuts)

soft sugary biscuits with a very subtle wine flavour and a crunchy sugary crust

Risotto con zucchine (Risotto with zucchini / courgettes)

creamy chewy risotto made with white wine

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