The most rewarding part of hosting a big Easter dinner is the bounty of leftovers that comes after. If you are wondering what to do with the bounty of leftover ham, leftover turkey or even leftover mashed potatoes, look no further. We’ve found the most delicious ways to give yesterday’s feast new life.
Breakfast is so good, it’s no wonder you want to eat it for every meal. Whether you are looking for a new way to use up holiday leftovers or just craving the flavours of Thanksgiving, a little maple syrup and sweet potato puree will give the batter a sweet, seasonal flavour.
Lamb Kabobs in Pita
Skip the marinating and grilling and use your lamb leftovers for these easy peasy pitas seasoned with fresh cucumber yogurt sauce.
Potato Nests with Peas, Ham and Cream Cheese
These cute nests bring together your favourite flavours and add a touch of spring to everyone’s plate. They also make adorable, two-bite appetizers.
Asparagus, Lemon and Chevre Pasta Salad
Asparagus spears find new life in this fresh spring salad, which is balanced with thin radish slices, creamy goat cheese, toothsome bites of tiny pasta and fine threads of lemony zest.
Ina Garten’s Salmon Cakes
Leftover salmon and last night’s stale buns come together with rich mayonnaise and fresh parsley to form perfectly moist fish cakes.
Ham and Barley Risotto
Swapping barley for rice takes much of stirring work out of this set-and-forget risotto seasoned with leftover ham.
Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes with Cured Salmon
This tasty two-for-one uses up leftover mashed potatoes from dinner and the remaining smoked salmon from the appetizer course. Topped with a dollop of sour cream, it makes a decadent breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Italian Tuna Salad
Valerie Bertinelli offers another option for leftover hard-boiled eggs with this tuna salad. Enjoy its Italian twist of chopped capers, hot cherry peppers and black olives.
Roasted Carrot and Jerky Soup
Use your blender to whiz leftover roasted carrots and onions into a sophisticated – but simple – soup.
Leftover Ham Curried Croquettes
Think of them like crab cakes, only easier, because all you need is last night’s ham and some pantry staples to reinvent this classic.
Leftover Baked Potato Soup
Reinvigorate leftover baked potatoes by turning them into a simple, savoury soup that is tangy with buttermilk, sour cream and freshly grated Parmesan.
Irish Potato Cakes
Turn any leftover mashed potatoes into a tasty, herb-filled side dish with a satisfying crispy exterior and a creamy interior.
Ham and Cheesy Egg Crepes with Mustard Sauce
Light and airy crêpes are treated with a touch of fresh dill and chives before being filled with fluffy, light scrambled eggs and pieces of juicy ham leftover from your Easter feast.
Vegetarian Cauliflower Fried Rice
Leftover cauliflower rice can be treated just like regular rice, finding a second life when tossed and fried with ginger, soy sauce, carrots and other veggies. Add in leftover chicken, ham or other meat for an easy dinner that helps clear out the fridge.
Even cake is hard to finish when you’ve got a table bursting with good eats. That’s why chefs of lore invented trifles, to moisten stale cake with creamy custard and sweet fruit. And don’t worry that strawberries aren’t in season yet – this recipe calls for frozen.
Easy Easter Egg Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sure, you could just eat those leftover mini eggs, or you could turn them into even sweeter, gooey chocolate cookies for an Easter treat that keeps giving.