One of my favorite cookbooks for weeknight meals is Best 30-Minute Recipes from America’s Test Kitchen. In the chapter entitled “Starting with Leftovers” I discovered the brilliance of the Tostada.
To give you the short-cut, spray some corn tortillas with Pam, bake until crispy, then top with just about anything and cheese and return to the oven to warm it all up.
Although the original recipe uses chicken, it quickly became apparent to me that you really could put anything on these puppies. Like what? Well, leftover pork roast, chicken from making stock, beans or refried beans (either leftover or from a can), shrimp, any type of fish (as kind of an open-faced fish taco), rice or rice and beans, leftover barbequed pork or chicken, scrambled eggs, pot roast, tofu, leftover grilled flank steak, meatloaf? Hey, why not? You get my point. Add a nice salad and you have made yourself a decent and delicious meal from stuff in the fridge in about 24 minutes.
that looks yummy. i tend to be the same way about quesidillas (sp?). flour tortillas with leftovers and cheese in the middle and grilled. if no leftovers on hand then canned black beans, frozen corn and salsa make a great quick dinner when thrown inside tortillas.
What size tortillas are those btw? They look dollar size. I can rarely find them up here at all, let alone in a smaller size.
Jean, these are 6″ tortillas.
Wonderful idea, thanks! It’s nice to have ways to use up leftovers, I love saving little bits of things. That tostada cushion is attractive too, I’d use a variation of this for appetizers at a bbq.
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