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Shane
09-11-2009, 09:13 PM
Some foods are great the day you make them. There are some foods, however, that after a night in the fridge, are outstanding.

It's my opinion that a lasagna is always better the next day after sitting in the refrigerator. The lasagne that I have tried that were good were made great after a night cooling off, and the lasagne that were great were made exceptional. For me, this is just one example of food that has to let the flavors get to know one another during an overnight stay in the icebox.

So...here's my question. What are some other foods that you think are better the next day?

luvmysuper
09-11-2009, 09:17 PM
I read your post title and came in specifically to add "Lasagna".

Can't think of anything better than that.

SilkySmooth
09-11-2009, 09:20 PM
Chicken noodle soup or any soup for that matter.
Chili
Pigs in a blanket.

redgrandam
09-11-2009, 09:20 PM
APPLE CRISP!!.. umm.. and Egg Salad... (not at the same time.. )


and umm.. My wife would say movie theatre popcorn I'm sure..

airplanedoc
09-11-2009, 09:22 PM
Since you took my first answer

Chili

rm71
09-11-2009, 09:23 PM
Pasta!

Hoos
09-11-2009, 09:25 PM
Meatloaf.

DSB
09-11-2009, 09:50 PM
Chicken Paprikash

Any type of stew

Apple pie

+1 on Chili

danek
09-11-2009, 10:07 PM
Chili, stew, spaghetti sauce.

DSB
09-11-2009, 10:18 PM
Chili, stew, spagetti sauce.

Totally agree on the spaghetti sauce!

Left Coast DJ
09-11-2009, 10:49 PM
Jello

Bulldawg
09-11-2009, 11:58 PM
Sweet potato pie!

vitaman
09-12-2009, 12:03 AM
I read your post title and came in specifically to add "Lasagna".

Can't think of anything better than that.

+1 I don't know what it is about the Lasagna, but it is definately better day 2 or even 3.

TimMechEngr
09-12-2009, 12:19 AM
MMMmmmmmmm!!! I'm so Hungry!!!!!

Koss
09-12-2009, 12:23 AM
My theory is that anything that is in a sauce around it will marinate in it a little longer and have those flavors blend together. I know, not very scientific right?

When I say sauce, I mean some liquid form surrounding the food. Like a Soup, stew, gravy, actual sauce, etc.

Spacegeezer
09-12-2009, 12:56 AM
Really outstanding lasagna is best fresh, but many lasagnas improve significantly after being in the fridge overnight.

My guiltiest pleasure is refrigerated pizza. Such tastiness. It's partly textural, partly the way it modifies the flavour of the cheese; all the flavours, in my opinion, stand out from each other more.

Churchill
09-12-2009, 02:31 AM
Homemade chicken 'n dumplin's!!:tongue_sm

Carlin
09-12-2009, 04:51 AM
Almost all soups and stews and pastas.

Meatloaf isn't bad either.

thunderball
09-12-2009, 05:06 AM
Bolognese sauce for sure. Some pizza and most soups.

Newfie
09-12-2009, 05:46 AM
+1 to anyone who said pasta sauce (tomato based), soups, stews & chili.

I love Indian food left over, Tikka Masala, Vindaloo, Rogan Josh, etc.

I guess it gives the flavours more time to get to know each other" better.:tongue_sm

xriley
09-12-2009, 05:55 AM
Curry

homebrewer
09-12-2009, 06:24 AM
Most pastas, and chili are much better as time goes on. In addition, ANYTHING braised is better the next day after the fridge has worked it's voodoo on the collagen/gelatin. I'm looking forward to homemade pasta with braised short rib and wild mushroom sauce when it gets a little colder out:w00t:

tsmba
09-12-2009, 06:38 AM
I was thinking about chile and stew. About any slow-cooked, spiced foods seem to improve when stored overnight. You can easily remove fat, too.

wilsonent
09-12-2009, 06:49 AM
Or, if you are from the South, nanner puddin. Got to give those vanilla wafers a day to soak up the nanner goodness. Easy on the gums and teeth.

Jeff

dal_irv
09-12-2009, 07:28 AM
fish curry, we cook it in earthern pot and allow it to sit for a night or so...

sjohnr
09-12-2009, 08:07 AM
Any kind of steak casserole.

ouch
09-12-2009, 09:18 AM
Anything my wife cooks tastes better with a layer of mold on it.

Mr. Clean
09-12-2009, 09:36 AM
Chili, stew, spaghetti sauce.


Totally agree on the spaghetti sauce!

I agree, it is always better the following days.


Bolognese sauce for sure. Some pizza and most soups.
Absolutely! I judge the pizza on how it tastes the next day. I have a difficult time finding good pizza, which drives my Wife crazy.


Anything my wife cooks tastes better with a layer of mold on it.

Oooooo...I'm waiting for Mrs. Ouch to log in with a smack down....:scared:

strat1117
09-12-2009, 11:39 AM
Stuffed cabbage.

Chicken chow mein.

:drool:

Arpi
09-12-2009, 11:44 AM
Stews indeed. It's the way that the meat firms up after cooling down, plus of course the whole taste can mature. yum

Austin
09-12-2009, 12:13 PM
Chili and stew. Oh I forgot cold fried chicken.

RichGem
09-12-2009, 12:15 PM
pot roast

Austin
09-12-2009, 12:17 PM
pot roast

Absolutely.

Wilpar76
09-12-2009, 12:37 PM
Pulled Beef Barbecue

Beef Stew

Chili

garyg
09-12-2009, 01:50 PM
Absolutely.

+2 Absolutely on the Pot Roast, Chili & Bolognese Sauce are close seconds.

Mr. Clean
09-12-2009, 01:51 PM
Stuffed cabbage.

Chicken chow mein.

:drool:
Never had stuffed cabbage, sounds good. Is it similar to a stuffed bell pepper, that is stuffed with a ground beef mixture?


Chili and stew. Oh I forgot cold fried chicken.

Mrs. Clean is right there with you on that.

professorchaos
09-12-2009, 03:41 PM
Osso Bucco and Gumbo are the first two that come to mind. Also, most soups benefit from a day or three in the refrigerator.

TacoBell
09-12-2009, 03:49 PM
Bolognese sauce for sure...most soups. :thumbup1:

BurkDarkpatches
09-12-2009, 03:51 PM
+ 1 Chili. It's the all-time champ for this question, IMO.

+1 Tomato based sauces, though there are exceptions that prove the rule (e.g. one of the spaghetti sauces I make is defined by its freshness)

My contribution: Sweet tea. A day or two ages it to perfection.

Steve

BurkDarkpatches
09-12-2009, 03:53 PM
Pizza?

-1

Cold pizza has its place. Rewarmed can be quite good. But if you think they're better than fresh, you can't be eating very good pizza....

Steve

mark the shoeshine boy
09-12-2009, 03:55 PM
My theory is that anything that is in a sauce around it will marinate in it a little longer and have those flavors blend together. I know, not very scientific right?

When I say sauce, I mean some liquid form surrounding the food. Like a Soup, stew, gravy, actual sauce, etc.



i agree with this theory......alton brown and many other chefs tells us to let our food stand for a few minutes, it is still cooking and absorbing back in the juices (meat), so this all makes perfectly good sense.

Alton Brown had a show about making sandwiched and after they were prepared....he wrapped them in plastic wrap and let them sit for about an hour.

Makes a lot of sense to me n' Good Eats, too.

ouch
09-13-2009, 07:28 AM
Stuffed cabbage.

Forgot about those. I made some recently, and I agree 100%.

thirdeye
09-13-2009, 07:37 AM
Beef stew of coarse and let's not forget what I refer to as "Fuzzy Pizza".
Back in my collage football days we would order pizza the night before a game so we had it for breakfast in the morning. Of coarse we did not have microwaves so we would put the pizza on the top of the TV and leave it on all night to keep it somewhat warm. Of coarse in those days we had tube TV's, not the new fangled electronic types and no cable or satellite so the TV stations went off the air about 2 AM leaving only snow or fuzz on the screen, hence "Fuzzy Pizza".....:biggrin:

Blondie
09-13-2009, 09:11 AM
Banana Pudding!

Carlin
09-14-2009, 11:54 AM
Beef stew of coarse and let's not forget what I refer to as "Fuzzy Pizza".
Back in my collage football days we would order pizza the night before a game so we had it for breakfast in the morning. Of coarse we did not have microwaves so we would put the pizza on the top of the TV and leave it on all night to keep it somewhat warm. Of coarse in those days we had tube TV's, not the new fangled electronic types and no cable or satellite so the TV stations went off the air about 2 AM leaving only snow or fuzz on the screen, hence "Fuzzy Pizza".....:biggrin:

Someone is old :001_rolle

RichGem
09-14-2009, 12:00 PM
Someone is old :001_rolle

What;s worse is that the TVs were crank operated back then.

:001_tongu

ouch
09-14-2009, 12:01 PM
Sushi.

RichGem
09-14-2009, 12:02 PM
Sushi.

especially when warmed on the TV

Chessman
09-14-2009, 04:50 PM
I made enchiladas and had leftovers. The next day they were much better. Everything blended together in the frig

mretzloff
09-14-2009, 07:51 PM
Boeuf bourguignon or any other beef stew. You can scoop the extra fat off the next day and it just seems to taste that much better.

my19
09-15-2009, 09:45 AM
Touching on that beef stew thought: My sister-in-law, who gets paid to cook, came over the other day with a big container of brisket chili she'd made for her restaurant. It was great on Day One. I grabbed some of the leftovers for lunch the next day. Wow, what had been really terrific was transformed to incredible.

htownmmm
09-15-2009, 10:11 AM
Or, if you are from the South, nanner puddin. Got to give those vanilla wafers a day to soak up the nanner goodness. Easy on the gums and teeth.

Jeff

yours lasts that long?


Anything my wife cooks tastes better with a layer of mold on it.

:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:



GUMBO! NUFF SAID.


marty

thermographer
09-16-2009, 08:42 AM
I was going to say "Gumbo" but I see it's already here. My wife makes a great chicken and sausage gumbo which seems to thicken in the fridge. I'm a displaced cajun, SWMBO and I do pretty well on our Gumbo's.

Macion grey
09-16-2009, 10:50 AM
Ragu was traditionally re-heated 3 times.

Delicious.

Confilo
09-16-2009, 11:29 AM
Fabada, Caldo Gallego and Rabo Encendido (Oxtails in capers and wine)

JdB
09-19-2009, 08:09 AM
Chili con carne is better the next day, but just add some fresh garlic to it!

Norwester
09-19-2009, 10:40 PM
Clam/fish chowder.

dunlopsouth
09-20-2009, 08:11 PM
Chili for sure. Anything with a spaghetti sauce base and also all those breakfast casseroles that have eggs and such poured over bread crumbs and stuff like that.

djmike523
09-20-2009, 08:46 PM
If imbibed: anything in the refrigerator that has yet to grow moldy...or feet. :biggrin:

Mejnoon
09-20-2009, 10:50 PM
Theres a tuna/pasta salad that my mom makes with fresh dill...its absolutely delicious after a night in the fridge. I need to get that recipe from her...

gumbo
09-21-2009, 03:38 PM
Eggplant parm, gives the layers time to condense into a brick of deliciousness.

lamina
09-23-2009, 05:53 AM
Any dish with beans!!

Did i read above Fabada and Caldo Gallego!! OH MY!! Asturiana i hope...

JdB
09-26-2009, 01:09 PM
Any dish with beans!!

Did i read above Fabada and Caldo Gallego!! OH MY!! Asturiana i hope...

Definitely +1! Chili is better the next day...

curtis909
09-26-2009, 01:17 PM
Cold Pizza

Hughies_online
09-26-2009, 02:16 PM
All types of leftover curries and stews taste great.

nmerth
09-27-2009, 07:24 PM
Here is a food that is better the next day..... see my thread! http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?p=1499573#post1499573

kwk285
09-27-2009, 08:01 PM
Lasagna

Venom8431
10-17-2009, 09:57 PM
I've always found that freshly made salsa is better the next day. All that extra time in the salt and lime juice really adds flavor.

Kouros
10-17-2009, 10:22 PM
Chili and homemade tomato sauce.