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 boiled eggs or even leftover mashed potatoes, look no further. We’ve found the most delicious ways to give yesterday’s feast new life.
Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
Not sure what to do with all those pretty pastel hard-boiled eggs now that Easter’s over? Simply crack the shells and add them to Ree Drummond’s Cobb salad, a celebratory balance of healthy spring greens, rich toppings, and creamy blue cheese dressing.
Pasta, Pesto and Peas
You’ll want to pass the peas all over again with this refreshing and simple pasta dish from Ina Garten. Fragrant with fresh pesto and green with spinach and peas, it’s the perfect way to welcome spring.
Turkey Dinner Hand Pies
Whether you are looking for a new way to use up holiday leftovers or just craving the flavours of Thanksgiving, this reimagined twist on turkey dinner leftovers is the game-changing recipe you need for the holidays. If you went with ham and scalloped potatoes this Easter, try subbing that in for the turkey and stuffing!
Blueberry and Bacon Breakfast Casserole Made with Leftover Croissants
Leftover croissants from your Easter brunch help soak up every last drop of egg and maple syrup-doused cream for a special-occasion breakfast casserole.
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.
Cheesy Croque Madame Rolls
Leftover ham makes for the perfect stuffing for these seriously epic croque madame rolls. Stuffed with ham, Emmental, and a sweet Dijon filling, and then finished with a drizzle of quick hollandaise sauce and chives, every bite is perfectly sweet and savoury.
Chicken Curry Shepherd's Pie
Classic shepherd’s pie gets a spicy West Indian makeover with this feel-good meal. Chicken is seasoned with spices traditionally found in a West Indian curry, then tossed with peas and carrots and topped it with a thick layer of leftover Easter mashed potatoes for the ultimate reinvention of your favourite leftovers.
Looking for another way to use up those leftover boiled eggs? Try using them as topping for a spicy, cheesy plate of tteokbokki, a popular Korean street food featuring satisfyingly chewy rice cakes smothered in a thick red sauce that is spicy, sweet and umami packed.
The Pioneer Woman’s Roasted Vegetable Soup
Use your immersion blender to whiz leftover veggies into a sophisticated – but simple – soup.
Hawaiian Pigs in a Blanket
All you need is last night’s ham and some pantry staples to reinvent this classic! Combining the classic toppings from a Hawaiian pizza, and wrapping them in a “blanket” of pizza dough, these Hawaiian Pigs in a Blanket are the perfect snack or appetizer.
Jalapeno Popper Potato Soup
Reinvigorate leftover baked or mashed potatoes by turning them into a simple, savoury soup that is tangy with jalapeno peppers, cream cheese and grated cheddar cheese.
Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas
This quick and easy gnocchi casserole is packed with fluffy potato gnocchi, peas, a creamy, cheesy sauce 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.
Mini Egg Shortbread Cookies
Sure, you could just eat those leftover mini eggs, or you could turn them into even sweeter shortbread cookies for an Easter treat that keeps on giving.
Leftover Pie Dough Cinnamon Pinwheel Cookies
Several pie crust recipes yield enough dough for the top and bottom of a pie, but not all pies require both. When you find yourself with leftover pie dough, don’t let it go to waste. Turn it into a new dessert with this cinnamon pinwheel cookie recipe.