Pantry challenge (what to make for dinner?)

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I've been clearing the fridge and pantries in anticipation of Thanksgiving shopping.  I have a bunch of ingredients and no idea what to make.  In addition to these I also have plenty of the usual staples on hand except for EGGS, BREAD, or CREAM.

I don't need to use all these ingredients at once, but what kind of dinner would I scrap together from these without having to leave the house?

Andouille sausage

chicken breast

duck breast

scallops

cheese

brussel sprouts

bell peppers

lettuce

bacon
 
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You've got  most of a gumbo there, or some similar braises.

You could go a number of asian directions in stir fries, soups and similar treatments. 
 
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You've got  most of a gumbo there, or some similar braises.

You could go a number of asian directions in stir fries, soups and similar treatments. 
True.  I was thinking of andouille and tomato risotto with scallops.
 
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Gumbo, yes. You could even go paella-kinda. Rice, sausage, chicken, scallops, duck, bell peppers and brussel sprouts should work although I would most likely cook the sprouts separately or sautee them in oil and add them at the end or something, to avoid giving the rice a cabbage taste.

With the remaining ingredients you can do a BLT grilled cheese sandwich.
 
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Scallop and bacon with lettuce and shaved brussels sprout salad, gumbo for main course, cheese and fruit for dessert.
 
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I see a couple of meals there.  Duck breast with a side of brussels sprouts sauteed with bacon and a salad.

A Gumbo as mentioned with the chicken, andouille, etc.  

What type of scallops bay, or sea?
 
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I thawed the sea scallops and realized they were full of frostbite.  I tried to cut off as much as I could and was left with less than 30% of what I had.  I sauteed them and had them as a snack.  Meh.

Same thing with the duck breast.  I found it in the back of the freezer and was there with a 2011 date on it.  I thawed it, it was gray and unpleasant so I chucked it.  Drat!!!

On to the dinner.  I made a hash with potatoes, andouille, peppers and onions and served oil poached eggs on it.  I also roasted the brusselsprouts.  I seasoned them heavily with cumin, smoked paprika, a little onion powder, salt and pepper and olive oil.  Oh man were those good!

 
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Well sorry to hear you had a few bad surprises, it happens with freezers!! Good to see you were able to save face and make a delicious dinner anyway. The hash sounds good, the sprouts look perfectly caramelized.... too bad about that duck breast. Now I'm in the mood for duck breast! I think I'm going to roast a duck for thanksgiving.
 
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That's rather funny. So the answer was just " Hash and roasted brussel sprouts."  I've had that happen many times. lt can be a challenge to rotate out the home freezer on a regular basis. Sometimes it's been there too long and sometimes it's unrecognizable. Labels. I don't know why I forget the labels. 
 
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I have the labels.  But I still forget that something is there even if I look at it every day.
That happens to me with salad dressings, meat sauces, various dipping sauces, condiments etc. I use the leftover sauces as flavor bombs in other dishes - when I remember I have them!!!
 
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Too bad about the scallops and duck.  I envisioned Coquille St Jaques with smoked duck breast.
 
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Too bad about the scallops and duck.  I envisioned Coquille St Jaques with smoked duck breast.

Plenty of good things can come out of the freezer if one is careful. But I think we're all guilty of leaving something in there for too long.
 

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