If you’re feeling overwhelmed with extra brisket after celebrating Easter or Passover this year, check out our favorite options that’ll give your leftovers new life. These 16 recipes will help put extra meat to good use, while also cutting down on your time in the kitchen. Now that’s worth celebrating!
If you’ve ever made a brisket or chuck roast before, you know the name of the game is a low and slow cook time. While that’s all fine and good for a special occasion, we’ve been burned by forgetting to set our slow cooker in the morning one too many times. For these recipes, all you’ve got to manage is hitting it once (making slow-cooker brisket for Sunday dinner maybe?), and using leftover meat the rest of the week.
The trick is to use a light hand when it comes to the recipe’s added liquid. You’re also likely going to want to make these recipes on the stovetop, rather than in the slow cooker, so you can keep an eye on things and taste as you go. Your meat should meld with the flavors quickly, turning a 6-8 hour affair into only a half hour one. Start with half the liquid the recipe requires. Remember you can always add more, but it’s much more difficult to remove any once you’ve put it in. Don’t be intimidated by changing up a recipe, you’ve got this!
Went with a corned beef brisket for your celebration this year? We’ve got leftover inspiration for that too, from corned beef hash to nachos. More of a ham fan? Check out our lists of leftover ham ideas, from ham sandwiches to split pea and ham soup. Have an excess of lamb? Don’t worry, we’ve got everything from curry to shepherd’s pie for your leftovers.