Your Easter guests are gone and you’ve sent everyone home with an extra slice of carrot cake to enjoy the next day. As you’re picking up the rest of the spread you realize… “Oh no, I’ve still got a ton of leftovers!” It happens to the best of us. In fact, if you’re anything like me…it happens a lot. You see, I live by the philosophy that having excess food is better than not having enough. So basically, I’m a pro at reinventing leftovers.
During Easter we tend to eat a lot of eggs, ham, potatoes, and veggies. While most of us wouldn’t mind having a second helping of Easter dinner the next day, as-is, some of us would prefer not to have the same thing two days in a row. For those, I’ve got some ideas that’ll change the way you look at leftovers.
Do you have more colorful, hard-boiled eggs, than you know what to do with? Peel off their Easter costumes and enjoy them as part of a tasty green salad, like a Cobb Salad or Chef’s Salad, or reinvent them with recipes like Deviled Egg Salad, Rich Vinaigrette Dressing, or Presto Potato Salad (pictured below).
The ham may have been the star of your table, but with all the tasty options you gave your guests, there’s still a whole lot of ham left to deal with. Take a little time to chop it up and use it to make family-favorite dishes like a Creamy Ham Casserole or an Easter Meat Pie (pictured below).
One of my favorite ways to eat ham the next day is to turn it into a ham salad and eat it between two slices of bread. Or, you could make a Ham and Cheddar Spread and dig in with your favorite brand of buttery crackers! This Jalapeno Ham Salad sandwich from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen is right up my alley. (You could leave out the jalapeno if you don’t like things spicy!)
Leftover mashed potatoes can be used to make breakfast (potato pancakes!), dinner and even dessert! Our recipe for Easy Dinner Pie takes just 30 minutes, which means it’s perfect for making the day after Easter, when spending extra time in the kitchen is probably the last thing you want to do. You can also use your mashed potatoes to make Chocolate Potato Cookies (pictured below).
Potatoes that haven’t been mashed yet can be tossed with herbs or spices and then roasted to perfection. This works for other vegetables too!
If you find you have more food than you can handle, or you’re not interested in reinventing your leftovers, you may want to consider donating your food to a local food bank or sharing some of your home-cooked goodness with friends and relatives that couldn’t make it to your feast. I even read that some zoos will take your holiday leftovers!
What do you do with your holiday leftovers?