Grunt: Making the Most of Leftovers

When I was in college my roommates and I used frequently make a dish we called "Grunt." (Hey, we were college students.) It was a take-off on Beef Stroganoff and it featured such things as leftover roast beef, chicken and pork. It was very good, filling, cheap and easy - everything a bunch of young men want in a meal. Some 30-plus years later I still make it - but these days I make instead of dried French Onion Soup and canned mushrooms I make my own sauce. It's not much more trouble and still takes less than 30 minutes. (Larger image.) Serves 2.
Photo by Gary M.

PREP TIME

5

minutes

TOTAL TIME

30

minutes

SERVINGS

2

servings

PREP TIME

5

minutes

TOTAL TIME

30

minutes

SERVINGS

2

servings

Ingredients

  • 12

    oz. leftover roast chicken, pork or beef; cut into strips

  • 8

    oz. mushrooms; sliced

  • 1/2

    tsp. dried thyme

  • 2

    Tbsp. unsalted butter; separated

  • 1/2

    sm. onion; chopped

  • 1/2

    cup wine (use red for beef and white for chicken or pork)

  • 1/2

    cup stock or broth (use beef for beef and chicken for chicken or pork)

  • 1

    Tbsp. tomato paste

  • 1/2

    cup sour cream

  • Salt and pepper

  • 4

    oz. egg noodles

Directions

1. Put a pot of water on high and when it boils, add egg noodles and cook per package instructions. 2. Meanwhile, add mushrooms to a large, dry, non-stick skillet and sprinkle with salt. 3. Cook over medium-high heat and cook until mushrooms begin to brown and give up their liquid (about 6 minutes). Turn mushrooms, sprinkle with thyme, and add 1 tablespoon butter. Cook until browned - about 3 minutes. Scoop mushrooms onto a plate. 4. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining butter, onions and tomato paste and cook until translucent, stirring frequently - about 5 minutes. 5. Return mushrooms to skillet and add wine. Increase heat to medium high and cook until wine is reduced by half - 5 minutes. Add broth and cook five minutes more. 6. Reduce heat to low, add meat, and simmer 5 minutes more. 7. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream, taste and adjust seasonings. Serve over noodles.

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