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Love Those Leftovers 
Apr. 27, 2011 8:02 am 
Updated: May 6, 2011 6:48 pm

I love leftovers!  They never last long around here.  My


favorite lunch is last night's suppper.  I sometimes make


extra to freeze but usually the leftovers get eaten for lunch. 


Rarley do leftovers last long enough to be made into


something else entirely.  With two big exceptions.  Ham


and roast chicken or turkey.  I look forward to holidays


because I will have leftover meat to make into new and


interesting dishes.  Okay, so the time with family is nice too


but really I'm all about Easter's leftover ham!  (And trying


not to be all about the leftover chocolate ;)) 


I've done the standard things with ham, pasta, potato


casseroles, pizza, sandwiches, crescent braids, potato soups,


ham and eggs, and quiches.  I usually use the last little bits


in red beans and rice and I did freeze the last handful for


exactly that.  The rest I chopped up and made into ham


fried rice.  I didn't use a recipe just followed my mom's


standard procedure.  I scrambled a couple of eggs and set


them aside.  Then I sauteed onions, garlic and diced carrots


until the carrots were getting soft.  I added diced ham,


frozen peas and the last little bit of corn (also leftover from


Easter).  Then I dumped in some leftover rice and added


soya sauce and a few dashes of liquid smoke.  When the rice


was hot I mixed in the reserved egg and had dinner ready


in a flash. 

My kids would've happily eaten just the rice but I wanted a


quick veggie side.  I julienned some carrots, a red pepper


and a green pepper.  I heated some oil in a pan and fried


some onion, garlic and ginger for a few minutes then I


added the carrots.  I let that cook for a few more minutes


then added the peppers.  I stirred for a few more minutes


then added some cold water mixed with corn starch, a little


soya sauce and a splash of sweet thai chili sauce.  I threw in


the leftover green beans from Easter and stirred until the


sauce had thickened.  Dinner was quick and easy to make,


delicious, and very different from what I usually make with


my leftover ham.  I think I've started a new tradition in my


house.  Chinese food after Easter.

As an aside this is much easier to do if you prep all of your


vegetables beforehand and have everything layed out and


ready to go.  Fried rice and stir-fries come together very



What became of your Easter leftovers?

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Apr. 27, 2011 8:17 am
I usually eat leftovers for breakfast (weird, huh?). However my favorite leftover meal is Easter ham was transformed into this. It's just simply good.
Apr. 27, 2011 8:19 am
I usually take leftovers to work for lunch, but I find I enjoy them more if I can turn them into something new. I had a very successful experiment with this year's leftover roasted lamb! Actually, it was the first time I'd ever roasted a leg of lamb and that worked out well. So for some of the leftovers, I made these -->
Apr. 27, 2011 11:03 am
I didn't think anyone else did that besides me-eat leftovers for breakfast. If I can disguise our leftovers well enough, my crew will eat them but they are not big into just having leftovers. Today the ham will go into a potato soup made with leftover gderr's moosegator potatoes. I'm making, since they won't eat it, cream of mushroom soup and garnishing it with crab stuffed Morels for me.
Apr. 27, 2011 12:25 pm
Hi Sarah! I love home-made Chinese, you can throw just about anything in :) I created a wonderfully, flavourful, LOW-FAT soup with my turkey leftovers.... check it out! :)--->
Apr. 27, 2011 2:46 pm
I don't cook ham because I hate the leftovers. To me having it once every 3 months is more than enough. I did copy ChristineM's recipe for leftover lamb. Bonus - I have left over wonton wrappers! I made veggie fried rice last night too. Must have been in the air.
Apr. 27, 2011 3:00 pm
I've had ham, rolls, and deviled eggs for lunch twice this week. Fortunately, I didn't have many leftovers because I "left" most of the food "over" at mom's when we left on Sunday:) I usually have leftovers for lunch on the days I work on campus and, like you, I often cook extras to freeze for just that purpose. BTW, check out the picture on my easter blog; my ten year old niece loved makeing what she called "Bread Art" which was your pull apart easter blossom bread.
Apr. 27, 2011 3:26 pm
Yeesh! I meant "making" there shouldn't be an "e" in that word. I think I need about two days of sleep:)
Apr. 28, 2011 6:51 am
I used to do that in high school bdweld. I rarely do now but I'm home for lunch so maybe that has something to do with it :). Thanks for the recipe.
Apr. 28, 2011 6:52 am
Yummm Christine M, that sounds awesome! We rarely cook lamb but I love it. I may have to try something like that with deer meat.
Apr. 28, 2011 6:56 am
I love potato soup cat hill. It's one of those things that I can way eat way too much of without noticing too. Now I'm dreaming of morels ;).
Apr. 28, 2011 6:57 am
Thanks Gitano! That soup sounds wonderful. I love using citrus fruits in soup :).
Apr. 28, 2011 6:59 am
Send your leftover ham my way BigShotsMom ;). My nephew is with us right now and he loves fried rice. I'm glad he's here because I probably would've made soup with the ham if not for him :).
Apr. 28, 2011 7:01 am
Oh Mangel! She did a great job of that bread! Both of them look wonderful. I didn't plan to have any leftover hardboiled eggs and then my mom sent me home with a bunch of hers so egg salad it is ;).
Apr. 28, 2011 7:14 am
With our kids in college, every meal has leftovers for us! I eat them for lunches most days...we only get a 30 minute break, so having leftovers to zap is way better than a sandwich every day. I eat them for breakfast sometimes too...especially soup. I love soup for breakfast.
Apr. 28, 2011 7:45 am
I used my leftover ham last night to make ham & cheese omlets and homemade hashbrown potatoes for dinner....sure was good. I never have time to do this for breakfast:)
Apr. 28, 2011 12:44 pm
Soon enough I'll envy you those leftovers ElCay. My 4 are still pretty small so we have leftovers most of the time but that'll change soon :).
Apr. 28, 2011 1:30 pm
That's always on my list of options when I make ham DARENDA. I almost never make a big fancy breakfast unless it's for dinner ;).
Apr. 28, 2011 9:15 pm
Hey Hey Sarah-May! Since I never know exactly how many are going to be here for a meal on any given night, I usually make enough to cover us and the occasional drop in or two. If they are consumed then, it's lunch for me the next day or so. I love that and so many things always taste better the next day anyway. I made a huge Ham dinner for Easter and just the other night made this ...... out really good and so easy. Also, don't know if you saw or not, but I did make your Easter Blossom bread. OMG, was it good! Thanks so much for that.
Apr. 28, 2011 9:16 pm
it's late.....that should be ** aren't consumed***
Apr. 29, 2011 3:13 am
We were thrilled to eat leftover matched potatoes every night this week- just finished them off tonight. My husband and I love mashed potatoes so when I make them, I make a lot! We were also happy to eat leftover fruit salad for a couple days and are still working on the cake. Other than that, no leftovers really and they were all eaten in their original forms rather than recycled into something else (though I love doing that!).
Apr. 29, 2011 7:39 am
Hey Sarah-May I love leftovers of pretty much anything! My family, however, is a different story. We had a great pork loin for easter with a cranberry sauce...but now have a large amount of left over pork. I have no idea what to put it in...any ideas anyone?
Apr. 29, 2011 10:17 am
Everything sounds so good! You really know how to repurpose leftovers - that makes meals more interesting!
Apr. 29, 2011 9:23 pm
yum Avon, those ham cake-ettes sound amazing. I love fish cakes done much the same way and how can it be bad with ham instead ;). I'm so happy with the response to my bread recipe. Thanks for making it :D.
Apr. 29, 2011 9:24 pm
Extra mashed potatoes are a really good idea, so easy to turn into something else if you want to. Thanks for dropping in The Bunny chef.
Apr. 29, 2011 9:26 pm
Hi Highdesertchef, I think I'd shred that pork and make a sweet chipotle bbq sauce and put it on buns. I bet it'd make a good pizza with a white sauce, sharp cheese and pears or apples too :).
Apr. 29, 2011 9:27 pm
Thanks Pam-3BoysMama :D. I'm always impressed by your photos and feel honored by your compliment.
Apr. 30, 2011 7:00 pm
I find ham ever more versatile in leftovers than turkey or chicken, don't know why. Probably as it is not eaten in our house as much as poultry.
May 2, 2011 12:06 pm
LOVE stir frys, great way to use up any meat and add a few veggies in there to perk it up a bit. I used to get very creative with left overs, but as my walking garbage cans grow, I seem to have less and less left to create
May 4, 2011 2:28 pm
Exactly Phoebe, it seems like a bit of a treat compared with poultry.
May 4, 2011 2:30 pm
I'm not looking forward to that aspect of my kids getting older Gramma, but I am looking forward to having a bit more space. Around here someone asks me for something every 30 seconds or so :).
May 4, 2011 3:24 pm
Thanks to inspiration from AR, this year aside from the usual leftover ham sandwiches, one night I cooked the ham in two "piles" on the griddle, melted provolone cheese and served with pan-grilled pinapple chunks-seasoned with clove and minced ginger. We're just two and did fine w/o bread for one meal :-) Inspiration came from a number of recipes but mainly the Hawaiian-style grilled cheeses on this site. The remaining ham and bone went into the freezer for lentil, pea or bean soup. Thank you for the stir fry ideas!
May 6, 2011 6:48 pm
Oh Yum Wendie!!! That sandwich sounds amazing!
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