Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Leftover Meatloaf Stir-Fry

This dish was cooked a couple of weeks ago, when I had 2 thick slices of leftover meatloaf, which I made from Paula Deen's recipe, "Old-Fashioned Meatloaf", from my post, here. I was wondering what to do with the leftovers the next day, as heating it up as it is after a night's rest in the refrigerator is not as appealing as when it was freshly baked.

I have some leftover bell peppers too, and some celery stalks in my fridge. And from my pantry basket, some Russet potatoes and red onions. And I knew just what to do with the leftover meatloaf, it is going into a stir-fry dish! I sometimes cook a similar dish just like this one, with luncheon meat, chopped onions, and always with chopped potatoes, sometimes with bell peppers or fresh red or green chillies, depending what I have, and with some sprinkling of red pepper flakes when I want it to be a little spicy. This time I'm cooking the dish with leftover meatloaf and some veggies which I wanted to clear.



This is an easy dish to cook. Firstly, the chopped potatoes are fried in a little oil until browned and cooked. Remove and set aside. Then the onions are sauteed for a minute or two, followed by the pieces of meatloaf, breaking up the meatloaf into small chunks as you fry, stirring frequently until the meatloaf turns lightly brown, which takes about 5 minutes or so. Chopped celery are added in, stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes, then followed by the chopped bell peppers and the pre-fried potatoes. Stir everything to combine, season with salt to taste and a generous sprinkling of coarse black pepper (or red pepper flakes). Continue to stir-fry for a further 2 minutes until the bell pepper are cooked but still maintain their lovely crunch. Dish out and serve!

A simple and delicious way of using up those leftover meatloafs. And a great way of using any leftovers veggies in your fridge. Instead of leftover meatloaf, you can cook this with crispy fried dried anchovies, really good with plain congee or rice.


This is really yummy! The family finished this whole bowl, there's no leftovers!!  :)


Leftover Meatloaf Stir-Fry
(by kitchen flavours)
2 thick slices leftover meatloaf (or 1 whole can luncheon meat, chopped)
1 medium bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 medium stalk celery, chopped, (including the leaves, if any)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium Russet potaotes, peeled and cut to 1/4" dices
salt and black pepper to taste
red pepper flakes (optional)

  1. Heat a few tablespoons of oil, fry chopped potatoes, stirring now and then until they are brown all over and cooked through. Remove to a plate, set aside. 
  2. Remove excess oil from the saucepan, leaving behind about 1 tablespoon. Saute the chopped onions for a minute or two, add in the leftover meatloaf (or luncheon meat), breaking the meatloaf into pieces, cooked for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until meatloaf pieces turn brown.
  3. Add in the chopped celery stalks, stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes, add in the chopped bell pepper and the pre-fried potatoes. Stir everything to combine, and fry for another 2 minutes. Season with some salt and black pepper to taste, and for a spicier kick, sprinkle some red pepper flakes to taste. Dish up and serve. Enjoy!
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14 comments:

  1. Joyce, you made the leftovers into something so tasty! Great idea and I'll bear in mind this dish. In fact I won't even wait for leftovers to cook this as it looks really delicious!

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  2. Some leftover meal can recreate to make another tasty dish!! A smart home maker like you never have food wasted...

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  3. oh best... stir fry meatloaf! how fusion can this get? you are really good at utilising all leftovers in your fridge... i'm always fretting... need to learn this skill from ya

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  4. Love using leftovers this way. That's how it is here. No waste!

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  5. Hi Joyce, this leftover stir fry is very yummy and no food wastage. I also used left over meat to turn into another new dish. Need to practice no-food wastage as food is getting quite costly nowadays. Thumbs up to you, Joyce.

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  6. Hi Joyce, turned leftovers into another new tasty dish ! Yummy ! Think I could have the whole bowl of this stir-fry meatloaf wrapped with lettuce for myself!

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  7. A great use of leftover meatloaf, Joyce. The stir-fry looks very tasty.

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  8. Hi Joyce , I made meatloaf Monday ... have leftovers , I will made this dish for dinner this evening . Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Great way to use up the leftovers.... your family gets to enjoy another tasty dish :)

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  10. I happen to love meatloaf…and I know I would love this stir fry! A great way to enjoy your leftovers!

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  11. now that is creative! I love the use of the leftover meatloaf. It looks delicious

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  12. That is very creative, Joyce! What a brilliant way to use leftover meatloaf. I'd like to come to your house for leftovers any day :)

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  13. What a great way to use up leftover meatloaf, Joyce. I know this is going to sound strange but, I LOVE cold Meat Loaf! When I make it, I usually try to make it bigger than normal so there are leftovers for sandwiches, lol...I'll have to try your way the next time there are leftovers. As a matter of fact, there may be some in the freezer:)

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  14. What a great idea for the meat loaf! Normally we just re heat but this stir fry makes it all the more delicious!

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