You Can Turn Leftovers Into A Savory Cake

You can have cake for dinner. Yes, you read that correctly. You've heard about savory pies, tarts, and pancakes, but why not take all the fluffy goodness and comforts of a cake and make that savory, too? Given that cakes can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors, a salty rendition shouldn't seem that far-fetched. If anything it should feel celebratory — especially when it can be the perfect solution for last night's leftovers.

Love them or hate them, leftovers always find a way into your fridge. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, The Huffington Post explains that eating them can ultimately help you save money, all while exercising some sustainability by limiting food waste. There is, however, the question of food safety, and, more than anything, the monotony of eating the same thing twice. But, with a bit of creativity, even the dullest of leftovers can be turned into something awe-inspiring.

Introducing the cake salé

If you're looking for a way to totally reinvent your leftovers, then you're definitely going to want to bake a cake salé. All you need is a loaf pan and some cake batter essentials ... just remember to hold the sugar!

Translating to "salted cake," Chicca Food explains in its recipe that a cake salé (also known as a gâteaux salé) is a popular dish in France, where it's often cut into small pieces and served with an aperitif. While NPR notes that it also works great for brunch, you can even use it to make a savory bread pudding or flavored croutons.

Loaded with vegetables, meats, cheeses, herbs, and spices, Epicurious explains that you can do about anything with a savory cake batter, from a simple ham and Gruyère recipe to an iteration made with leftover bacon from breakfast and last night's roasted asparagus. Since the beauty of a cake salé is that you can customize it any way you'd like, this means you can finally put those kitchen scraps to use in a way that everybody will love. There's nothing left to say except: Let them eat cake (salé)!