Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Muhammara - Leftovers

Yesterday was sort of a long day. It was Monday, which no one likes. It was busy at work. That's ultimately a good thing, but can leave one tired. The commute felt like drudgery; all the people on the bus looked gray, and irritated, and congested from allergies brought on by a tease of spring. It was Monday, that's all. I had "a case of the Mondays."

So, I come home from work and I'm lazy; not super hungry, but hungry enough that I need to eat something. I'm staring in the fridge trying to come up with some sort of inspiration from the very basic ingredients therein; milk, eggs, soda, beer, several varieties of mustard... At one point I figured I could just have a beer and forget about dinner altogether, but then an idea came to me.

Don't get me wrong, I mean, I still had the beer...

I made Muhammara this weekend, you may have seen the previous post. It was AWESOME! However, I had already eaten a decent amount of it and wasn't necessarily in the mood to have it again. And then I thought, heat it up. Yeah, heat it up, put some leftover feta cheese on top, that could be good. Well you know what, it was. All I did was put the leftover dip in an oven-proof container and heated it up at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. Then I put some feta on top and broiled it.

It was the first time I'd tried this, the next time I might turn the broiler to low as the cheese got a bit dark on top. However, it was really really good and although the flavors were obviously similar, it was warm, and comforting, and very tasty. The pictures aren't the best quality as they were taken at night with the meager light available in our apartment, but they will show you enough to illustrate the point.

If you have made Muhammara, and you have leftovers, this is a super easy way to re-use them AND feel like you're having something different, all at the same time. Or you could just serve it hot to start! Either way, it was good. Here's hoping Friday comes soon for all of us. Mondays suck.

Pita chips are good.

Broiling cheese. Got me there.

Leftover beans, olives, carrot sticks.

Warm, roasted-peppery, nutty, cheesy. Yes. Yes. Yes.

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