Hounds, I was just inspired by angelo04 and many other hounds in another thread about using what you have on hand. For example, angelo04 had surprise guests coming and created a wonderful soup from pantry ingredients on hand, to wit:
"Raided my pantry and added [to a bland butternut squash soup pre-made] a can of corn, some cream and mined chili peppers, serranos to be exact. The corn added some sweetness, the cream thinkened it up a bit and the serranos added a nice touch of heat at the end. I topped it with toasted pecans and chives."
Now that sounds tasty!
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/452955 -- see the thread for many other fine suggestions.
But my question goes further than just doctoring up a soup:
Hounds, what is your most inspired, creative, fanciful, or even disastrous (?) "Pantry Raid" dish and how did it fare with the diners?
(And.... *what* were you thinking!?!)