The 2019 Fourth of July is now in the record books! Hopefully you were able to take full advantage of many of the grilling and barbecue tips from the BBQ Dragon Blog and our Newsletters. But now you may have a fridge packed with a whole bunch of leftover grilled items and picnic side dishes.
That’s great! Load up a few plates and enjoy another round of grilled goodness. Or, grab the BBQ Dragon Non-Stick Grill Mat and put those leftovers to new use! Why heat up the same dish when you can make something completely different with the flavor packed fully cooked items stored in the fridge? Here’s a few ideas to get your leftover culinary mind rolling.
Apple Pie Pan Cakes
First, if you have a forth or a half of apple pie left over and want a Fifth of July breakfast treat, the try making these MONSTER pancakes! Thick, sweet, gooey, and perfect for the BBQ Dragon Grill Mat. The process is easy – Make your normal recipe for pancakes, scratch or from a store bought mix, and follow the directions. Then, use a fork to break up small portions of the pie and add some to the batter. Stir, repeat, stir repeat.
When you feel that you have enough apple pie added in to give the pancakes flavor simply add some additional moisture if needed. But, you want the batter a bit thick. Set up your grill for cooking on the Grill Mat, spoon on portions of the mix, and cook like you would any pancake. When done, serve these thick cakes up topped with butter and syrup!
Grilled Vegetable Scrambled Omelet
Did you grill a whole bunch of vegetables such as onions and peppers for toppings or a side dish for the Fourth and have a bunch left over? Here’s the solution if you decide to re-purpose them into a completely new dish. First, make sure your grill is on level ground when cooking eggs or use the foil roll hack! More on that in a second. Whisk several eggs in a bowl for a few minutes to add air for fluffy results. Now, chop up any remaining veggies if needed and add your desired amount to the mix. Add cheese, salt and pepper as desired.
Pour equal portions of the mix, or manageable portions onto the Grill Mat and soft scramble to evenly cook but keep a firm shape if possible. If you can, add more cheese and additional veggies, and fold over like a traditional omelet. Or, if the eggs are breaking up, toss additional left over veggies onto the mat to warm, serve the eggs topped with the heated veggies and cheese! Oh, the Grill Mat foil hack is simple. Roll some foil into a thick straw like shape and place under the outer edges of the Non-Stick Grill Mat to help rein in items that may roll off!
Grilled Barbecue Quesadillas
We love this one as it works with left over barbecue, steak, chicken, veggies and more. And, now that we think about it… it would probably work with the left over apple pie! Anyway, grab some flour tortillas, your leftover barbecue, some sliced onions and pepper-jack cheese. Set up the grill and BBQ Dragon Non-Stick Grill Mat, and place several tortillas on the mat. Spoon equal portions of barbecue, onions, and cheese to each tortilla and fold over.
Grill evenly on both sides until the cheese is melted and the barbecue heated through. Serve hot with a side of your favorite barbecue sauce, salsa, and sour cream. Heck, you can even toss in some leftover baked beans, corn kernels, chopped scallions and more.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Forth of July. And, even if you don’t have enough leftovers to try these dishes you may following a grilling session down the road.
Author Bio: Kent Whitaker, also known as “The Deck Chef,” is an award-winning culinary writer and cookbook author. He’s also penned Young Reader, NASCAR and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill. You can reach out to Kent at www.thedeckchef.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.