A Delicious Discovery

We have all been there, and some of us spend more time there than others. You know, completely stuck with a house full of somewhat random food, no desire to go shopping, and a growling tummy.

This was me two nights ago. My post-marathon legs did not want to carry me to the grocery store, and my poor husband is working 90 hour weeks, so I didn’t even want to ask him.

Enter the cabinet prowl. I pulled out the trusty old garlic, crushed red pepper, a box of whole grain spaghetti, a can of crab (I know, fresh is better, but I did have this on hand for crab cakes or salad. It’s actually quite tasty!)

crab, garlic, pepper, pasta

I also had some capers left from my delicious Mediterranean bean dip, so I also got those out along with a can of tomatoes and a bottle of olive oil.

Mezzetta Capers

Crushed red pepper makes everything better.

crushed red pepper

Into the pan went the olive oil, several cloves of chopped garlic, and crushed red pepper. I sautéed those ingredients together until the garlic was soft and fragrant, then added the drained tomatoes, drained crab, and capers. 

impromptu pasta sauce

I simmered the sauce for about 10 minutes while I cooked the pasta, then drained the pasta and mixed it into the pan with the sauce so that the flavors could mix and mingle. Topped with crumbled goat cheese that melted throughout, this meal was so delicious! It tasted like something that I had actually planned :) and I would make it again. Zingy capers, sweet crab meat, and garlic went well with the slight acidity of the tomatoes.

A pasta dinner

Since I recently received a couple bottles of Laurenz V. Grüner Veltliner to sample, I thought that the sunny spring evening we were having would be a perfect time to pop one open.

Here is a little bit of information about Charming Grüner Veltliner from the Laurenz V. website.

“Charming Grüner Veltliner” by LAURENZ V. is not just another Grüner Veltliner from the Kamptal. It has its own wine personality; one that is beginning to take the world by storm! This wine calls up the strengths of its origins and expresses them clearly and distinctly. Its refreshing aroma seems almost light and airy, but in fact exudes depth and richness in finesse. On the palate are attributes of a wonderfully developed Veltliner: spicy, harmonious and structured – elegant, and with refreshing green notes (not overripe!) and a range of subtle nuances. A fresh and animated wine right through to the charming, delicately sweet finish.

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I chilled this wine for only about an hour which ended up being a really good decision. I have been drinking white wine at a warmer temperature than I used to. Drinking it too cold can hide some of its flavor because it numbs your taste buds. Drinking the wine only slightly chilled allows for all of deliciousness to come out :)

When I first opened this bottle I smelled lots of crisp Granny Smith apple. The taste is so lovely, not too acidic and not too sweet. It went well with the pasta and also with the curry crab dumplings that I had the next night :) I think this wine would be excellent with Thai food, Indian, sushi, or even a nice grilled fish this summer.

Have you created any really surprising dishes just by rooting around in your cabinets or freezer? We would love to hear them!

 

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  1. Jessie’s avatar

    Your pasta dish is very creative, Meghan! I can’t even imagine cooking after the exhaustion of a marathon, much less making do with a few ingredients. I sometimes throw together a few items, but I usually need to have it planned better. I’m not incredibly spontaneous in the kitchen!

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  2. Ingredients of a Woman’s avatar

    I like the way you think!!! :-D

    Garlic? Crushed red pepper? I’m in love with this recipe now.

    Alba H. Rodriguez

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  3. Michelle’s avatar

    I love last minute dishes like this! The combination of crab, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes are always welcome in any dish!

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  4. Simply Life’s avatar

    Impressive meal to just throw together!

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  5. Baking Barrister’s avatar

    The lemongrass mango chicken on my site was a leftovers creation with a little help from the web making sure the flavors actually went well together (very little is worse than combining good things that don’t go together and ruining them). I’m actually making it tonight with leftover chicken and dumping it on some buckwheat noodles and bok choy.

    Last week I made a pretty good dinner just rooting around not knowing what to make. A lone chinese eggplant, a leek, the last zucchini grilled on the stove with a little olive oil. Frozen raw shrimp thawed and mixed in red pepper flakes and cilantro sauteed in olive oil. Toss with whole wheat rotini and freshly grated Parmesan. I’ve been known to do something similar with other veggies and herbs depending on what’s in the house.

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  6. FitFoodie Natalie’s avatar

    The wine sounds great!

    I made a great Mac & Cheese from leftover items…all i had was some random penne & elbow mac and enough cheese & milk to make 1 big pot. For the grand finale I topped it with a handful of doritos that I crushed up. It actually made a really good crust. It was decadent…but a really good treat :)

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  7. Erin at The Healthy Apron’s avatar

    I don’t think I could just throw something together like that, let alone pair it with wine! Kudos. I need to get better at not just following recipes but I guess since I’m still a novice, it might come with time!

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  8. Heather’s avatar

    I made a delicious meal (now twice) by combining mac and cheese with one can diced tomatoes (drained) and 2 laughing cow swiss cheeses; it makes an almost penne vodka sauce.

    I love to add peas to this dish too!

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  9. Amy’s avatar

    The wine sounds great!

    I made a great Mac & Cheese from leftover items…all i had was some random penne & elbow mac and enough cheese & milk to make 1 big pot. For the grand finale I topped it with a handful of doritos that I crushed up. It actually made a really good crust. It was decadent…but a really good treat :)

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  10. Terri’s avatar

    sounds yummy!

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