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Leftover Evolutions Part 2: Mutation

I have been dealing with the challenges of leftovers last week that has rolled over into this week. In case you missed the first part, check out Leftover Evolutions Part 1.

I’ve been thinking about how to use up my leftover potatoes and onions. I was vaguely toying with the idea of baking them in toaster oven. I’ve just bought 3 aluminium foil disposable bread tins with no real idea what to do with them.

I had originally thought of throwing one large onion and one large potato into the oven (whole, with skin) and let it char-bake. Then again, not so good idea. It could get messy. Wrapped in aluminium foil then? But I don’t think I want to peel hot onion and eat it like oranges. So I thought, why not cut it up in rings and bake that with herbs. So as I was mulling this while walking home, a friend asked what I was having for dinner. So I just said baked potato and onion rings. Then I did a double take and said, not that onion rings. What was it then?

It’s still baked potato and onion rings, just not what you’d normally think as baked potato AND onion rings. I swear I didn’t plan this till I was arranging the onions and spicing them up for baking. The onions infected the potato!

Mutated baked potato and onion rings


  • 1 Onion – cut into thick 1/2 cm rings
  • 1 potato – diced small 1/2 cubes
  • Separate onion rings and put into baking tin
  • Olive oil – Drizzle over onion rings (extra virgin if possible, use butter for unhealthier yum)
  • Italian herbs – Sprinkle generous amount over onions.
  • Stir and mix well.
  • Arrange onion rings to line the bottom in several layers.
  • Toss potato in olive oil.
  • Put potato cubes on onion rings, arrange evenly.
  • Sprinkle more italian herbs.
  • Sprinkle salt over dish.
  • Cover with aluminium foil
  • Put in toaster oven and bake (top and bottom heat) for 20 minutes.
  • Take out and check potato is soft and cooked.
  • Take fork/spoon and mix potato and onion up.
  • Sprinkle more salt if not salty enough.
  • Squeeze some lime juice over all.
  • Cut chunks of Laughing Cow soft cheese and sprinkle on top.

This time it’s a rather colourless dish compared to the flamboyant earlier incarnations. So I decided to add the cheese for accents when I decided to take photos.  So this dish is a study of subtle tones and shades. It’s not only pretty, but very yum!

Oh! On the plus side, I didn’t buy ANY new ingredients hence no new leftovers.

Current leftover survivors – 1 potato, 1 onion, 1/4 lime, 1/2 bottle spaghetti sauce.


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