Cheez Whiz, Catalina dressing, other stuff in my fridge I want to use up, that I don't particularly like

Anyone have some ideas, recipes or hacks for using up Cheez Whiz or Catalina Dressing? Thanks for any ideas.

I used to make a baked chicken with Russian dressing and apricot jam, so I suppose I could use the dressing for that.

Please post other hacks for other condiments/ spreads.

I use mayo for grilled cheese when I’m out of of butter. I also sometimes use mayo before adding crumbs to chicken/fish for crispy oven-baked chicken/fish (basically Shake n Bake.

2 Likes

Use the Cheez Whiz for Philly cheesesteak sandwiches or nachos.

As for the Catalina dressing, although I forget the flavor profile, could you jazz it up with dried minced onion, maybe some ground ginger or red pepper flakes and use it in a bastardized stir-fry?

5 Likes

I actually purged my refrigerator right after Xmas. I was worried at first, then the exhilaration of disposing of stuff I wasn’t ever going to eat became a positive.
Of course, I had an (mostly)empty fridge but it felt so good to go to the store again :cowboy_hat_face:

4 Likes

Thanks El. :slight_smile:

1 Like

I want to use it, rather than throwing it out. :wink:

2 Likes

Maybe the Catalina dressing could complement avocado in a sandwich or on avocado toast? Perhaps thickened with a bit of mayo or sour cream for body?

My favorite breakfast/lunch place often uses chipotle aioli as part of sandwiches or wraps containing avocado, so I’m trying to imagine the Catalina bringing something similar to the party (except with a different flavor profile of course).

1 Like

DH has finally convinced me to judiciously consider “throwing good money after bad”. Best lose only the Cheez Whiz and Catalina than an additional list of other ingredients brought to their rescue.

6 Likes

I understand. That’s how I ended up with my full refrigerator :slight_smile:

4 Likes

Turns out Catalina chicken is the Catalina equivalent to what I used to make.

@LindaWhit Kraft has this stirfry recipe posted.

Looks like I could use Catalina in place of chili sauce for something similar to chili sauce & grape jelly meatballs.

2 Likes
1 Like

If you like American Chinese fast food style “sweet-and-sour [insert meat of choice]” then Catalina dressing is a great base for the sweet-and-sour sauce. Just add some pineapple juice and brown sugar and you’re ready to go to town.

5 Likes

Thanks ipsedixit . I do like Chinese American / American Chinese food and Chinese Cdn / Cdn Chinese food.

There you go. Although just the dressing and soy sauce would be rather bland (for me). I’d definitely add grated fresh ginger or something else to “oomph it up”.

1 Like

If you like blue cheese @prima, Catalina Dressing goes great with it on salads and crackers, unlikely as it seems.

Think it would work cooked together with chicken wings to the point of glazing. Probably would be a nice color too.

1 Like

Thanks! I love blue cheese.

I ended up making turkey meatballs with a sweet and sour sauce made of Catalina, a little apricot jam, soy sauce, fresh ginger, minced garlic, homemade hoisin I made for the Chinese recipe thread, mirin and white balsamic vinegar. It went over well.

Adding this Catalina sweet & sour pork recipe for future reference

1 Like

Your meatballs sound delicious, and I’m glad they were a hit! I hate throwing stuff out too, as well, I think it’s a fun challenge to utilize something in a different way from usual.

1 Like

Using up the rest of that Catalina, and some wilting celery tonight :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

2 Likes

I’ve never had Cheez Whiz, but I do like Catalina dressing. A large ripe tomato, cut into 6 wedges, drizzled with Catalina and a scoop of good cottage cheese in the middle is a favorite lunch when tomatoes are in season. A few chopped scallions if available.

2 Likes

Thank you!

1 Like

We have elves. From time to time my wife and I will examine something in the fridge that neither of us remembers (or will admit to) buying. We blame elves.

2 Likes
“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold