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Try these easy and delicious ways to use up extra beef brisket

It’s no surprise that brisket is just as delicious the second time around.

Beef brisket, a cut of meat from the cow’s chest, is a popular choice for “low and slow” cooking methods like braising, roasting, and stewing. Cooking beef brisket this way makes an otherwise tough cut of meat tender and juicy; good brisket recipes will almost always have a long cook time. There are a number of delicious ways to cook brisket so it’s no surprise that there are an equal number of delicious ways to use beef brisket leftovers.

One of the most important things to think about when you’re looking at brisket recipes with leftovers in mind is how your brisket was seasoned when you cooked it the first time. If you have BBQ brisket leftovers, for example, they would work well with other recipes that use fruit or smoky spices.

If you’re looking for a few delicious ways to use up leftover beef brisket we have three ideas for you:

Beef brisket, especially BBQ brisket, lends itself to the smoky flavors inherent to tacos. Try shredding the leftover brisket meat with a fork and tossing it in extra barbecue sauce before layering it in your tacos.

No need to spend tons of time making beef stew if you’ve already spent time cooking beef brisket. Simply pull the leftover brisket meat apart (or cut it into chunks) and add it to beef broth along with cooked vegetables.

Use thinly-sliced beef brisket just like you would use roast beef in a sandwich. We love eating brisket, layered with horseradish mayo on a good, chewy roll.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

20 Leftover Corned Beef Recipes

Cooking a corned beef brisket can be a big undertaking, which is why many home cooks go for a large portion. However, this means you're often stuck with leftovers, and there are so many corned beef sandwiches you can eat before you want something else. Our users have come to the rescue with these delicious leftover corned beef recipes.


Of course, you&rsquoll need some cooked and shredded brisket for these stuffed potatoes.

You can check out how I make brisket easily in the Instant Pot in my Instant Pot brisket web story.

Other ingredients for the baked potatoes include:

  • potatoes
  • avocado oil
  • baby spinach
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped tomatoes
  • diced red onion
  • minced chives

If the brisket you&rsquore using wasn&rsquot already cooked in BBQ sauce, I suggest tossing it with a few tablespoons of BBQ sauce before stuffing these potatoes.

I also like to serve this brisket baked potato recipe with extra BBQ sauce on the side. If you&rsquore a traditionalist and prefer sour cream for serving, feel free to go that route instead.

10 Ways to Use Seder Leftovers

Don't toss out the leftovers from your Passover Seder. Use them in these delicious ways throughout the week.

Passover Seder feasts can feature a lot of favorite foods, like chocolate-coated matzah, matzah ball soup, and charoset, which is an apple-cinnamon dish that works as a sweet but healthy spread.

So, if you&aposre stuck with some leftovers from the Seder, don&apost think you should toss them out. You can totally repurpose them in a variety of other recipes throughout the week.

Not sure what foods to save and how best to use them? Here&aposs a breakdown of a few great Passover ingredients and dishes you will typically find at a Seder, as well as some ideas for using them later in meals and snacks.

Make matzah brei.

Don&apost throw out your leftover boxes of matzah. You can make a tasty matzah brei for breakfast.

"Matzah brei is the best part of Passover and a fabulous way to use all of that leftover matzah," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, and author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club. "I love it served with frozen berries that are microwaved until the fruit breaks down into a sauce," she adds.

Bake a matzah kugel.

You can also crumble up some leftover matzah to bake a matzah and apple kugel with eggs, raisins, butter, and cinnamon. This will be a nice treat that isn&apost too decadent but still feels indulgent.

Whip up matzah pizza.

"The traditional matzah pizza is a family favorite as well as matzah PB and J, or use matzah as the base for a tuna melt," Harris-Pincus says. You can totally use matzah as a bread substitute throughout the week to enjoy your pizza nights and sandwiches for lunch. Play around with toppings and fillings. It&aposll work just as well.

Use charoset to top breakfast and dessert.

The flavor of charoset is even better the next day. "Use it to top yogurt and cottage cheese parfaits or as a delicious add-on to matzah brei," Harris-Pincus says. Don&apost forget dessert, too. "Charoset is so yummy on top of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt," she adds.

Make charoset a condiment.

Charoset is an unique condiment or salsa you can enjoy in sammies, on matzah, meats, salads, and more. "Place some inside deli turkey and roll it up, or spread on top of sweet potato toast," Harris-Pincus says. It will add a hint of sweet flavor to brighten your meals throughout the week, without being too high in sugar or carbs.

Use gefilte fish to make fish cakes.

"My favorite way to eat gefilte fish is cold, sliced on a plate with red onion, tomato slices, and rye bread, but the next day if I have leftovers, I chop it up with egg, minced onion, and cracker crumbs, then pan fry in just a little oil to make fish cakes," says Lynell Ross, a certified health and wellness coach and nutritionist.

Make matzah crackers 'n' eggs.

"Before the matzah crackers get stale, I use them up the way my father used to love to eat them," Ross says. Make a batch of scrambled eggs, add butter to the skillet, and just before they set, add crushed matzo crackers, and fold in until done.

Use leftover potatoes to make potato pancakes.

Transform leftover potatoes into potato pancakes. "If we haven&apost eaten them all, I place them in the bottom of a 9-by-12-inch pan and pour in a quiche batter with vegetables, such as diced onion, mushrooms, or broccoli and cheese, then bake for about 45 minutes depending on how deep the pan is," Ross says. The potato pancakes make a delicious crust for egg dishes.

Use matzah ball soup for a albondigas soup.

"I often spice up my matzah ball soup with chili powder, garlic powder, and add cooked veggies, such as zucchini, more onions, green beans, diced red and green peppers to make a Mexican soup similar to albondigas, but with matzah balls instead of meatballs," Ross says. Or just keep and enjoy more matzah ball soup in the week as an appetizer.

Transform brisket into a variety of meals.

Brisket can go into so many delicious recipes. "Leftover brisket makes great chili, tacos, shepherd&aposs pie, and my favorite, a homemade minestrone soup with lots of tomatoes, zucchini, onion, carrots, potatoes, kidney beans, and a small amount of macaroni," Ross says. The brisket gives the minestrone soup a deep, rich flavor.

What kind of corn do you use in a Cowboy Brisket Casserole?

For the next layer, you can use a bag of frozen corn or a can of corn that has been drained. In the past, Birds Eye had a frozen bag of corn that was BBQ flavored that really added to the flavor. But, regular sweet corn is just fine. I use it all the time.

If you’re using frozen corn, heat it up in the microwave for about 5 minutes before pouring it over the top of the cornbread mix. If you’re using canned corn, just drain it, and pour over the cornbread mix.

Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes. When you pull it out, poke holes with the end of a wooden spoon about 1 inch apart, just like you would do with a poke cake.

Next, drain a can of ranch style beans and pour them on top of the corn. These beans are very popular in Texas, but I’ve seen them called Chili Beans or Chili Hot Beans.

While the cornbread part of the casserole is cooking go ahead and get your brisket ready (or whatever BBQ meat you’re using). Shred it or chop it if you need to, or use Lloyd’s which already has sauce mixed in.

My preference currently is to combine 1 lb of chopped brisket with 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce and then layer it on top of the beans. Then, bake it for about 10-15 minutes.

As soon as you pull it out, top it with some green onions and the other 1/2 cup of cheese, and serve! Your family is gong to love this cheesy and hearty meal!

But anyone that follows me knows how I enjoy a good hunk of homemade bread along with my stew. Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread was one of my healthiest versions of breadmaker bread to date. It was so enjoyable with this stew.

I had a lot of brisket sitting in the refrigerator and decided to see what I could do with it. I cut the brisket down into small dice and it made about three or four cups of meat. I put that in my crockpot along with some sliced mushrooms I needed to use up, some onion, miniature bell pepper rings, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and potatoes.

I also had this small can of tomato paste that I had accidentally opened up for another recipe a few days prior. I needed to use it up too. So I added a couple of cups of water to the tomato paste and added it to the crockpot. Then I sprinkled everything with chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. That was it. It turned out so wonderfully.

I was planning on adding green beans or corn or peas the last half hour or so. However, the stew tasted so delicious as it was that I didn’t even bother adding anything else. The savory flavors were just right. I thought the brisket-flavored stew really hit the spot. It was a marvelous comfort food meal with a slice of Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread that was spread with whipped honey. Both were Y-U-M-M-Y!

I normally use canned whole tomatoes as a base for my stews rather than tomato paste. But this stew happened out of necessity. Also, I’ve never used leftover brisket meat before, but it turned out quite well. I rinsed off all the BBQ sauce, patted the meat dry, and cut off all the fat before dicing up into small pieces. The smoky flavor from the brisket soaked into the broth and veggies so the stew turned out excellently.

If you’re looking for a way to use up leftover brisket or any kind of beef roast, this is a good starter recipe. I’m sure you could do this with almost any kind of meat you had on hand. Even rotisserie chicken, pork roast, or whatever. This simple recipe is a great “Fix-It and Forget-About-It” recipe. I put everything in the crockpot for a few hours and that was the end of it!

Crockpot Brisket Stew is a simple recipe, but it’s got wonderful savory flavors from the smoked brisket.

Each mouthful of this stew is wonderful.

This close up allows you to see the texture of the soup.

Place diced brisket, baby carrots, sliced mushrooms and diced onion in a crockpot.

Add cubed, peeled potatoes, and miniature bell peppers, cored, and sliced in rings.

Mix a small can of tomato paste with 2 cups water. Add to crockpot.

Add water, parsley chives, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cook on high for about 3-4 hours or until veggies are fork tender.

Mix cornstarch and water. Add to stew to thicken the broth.

Stir to combine and serve.

This tasty Crockpot Brisket Stew was so easy to prepare.

I used up leftovers and veggies in my refrigerator that needed to be used up before they went bad. You can add just about any veggie you want.

I loved serving Crockpot Brisket Stew with a slab of Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread topped 0ff with whipped honey! Yum.

This easy slow cooker recipe is the perfect comfort food for fall.

Do you want to know what is truly the perfect leftover meal? Nachos! Start with your favorite tortilla chips or make your own. Go wild with the toppings! Do you have any leftover veggies and a half of a can of beans hanging out in the fridge? Sauté them up with some spices and lime juice and add those too.

Skip the part where it tells you how to cook your meat and go right to topping your tortilla chips. Nachos are the perfect way to use up any leftover protein, but brisket makes it extra special! Top it with your favorite cheese, avocado, and fresh cilantro to really bring those leftovers to life! Don&rsquot have tortilla chips, but have tortillas? Make a taco! Add leftover brisket to any of your favorite taco recipes! Check out some nacho & taco recipes below:

13 Things to Do with BBQ Brisket Leftovers

Barbecued brisket is not only a beautiful and ridiculously delicious thing to have, but the leftovers are amazing. Here are some ideas from the Chowhound Home Cooking discussion board on what to do with leftover smoked brisket, well worth bringing out of the archives. And we added a few other options for leftover brisket we love.

Whole Brisket, $90 from Porter Road

The starting point.

1. Chop up leftover brisket as a filling for tacos topped with shredded cabbage, crema, and avocado. –thegirlwholovestoeat

2. Barbecued brisket freezes pretty well if you mix it with sauce first—try freezing some in tomato sauce to bake on pizza. –lennyk

3. Smoked brisket is incredible in soup. Make your favorite vegetable soup and add the chopped meat during the last 15 minutes of simmering. –N Mac

4. Think grilled cheese with bacon is good? Try it with smoked brisket and prepare to swoon.

5. Barbecued brisket makes the best smoky ragu for spooning over polenta or mashed potatoes. –goodhealthgourmet

6. Shred your leftover brisket for enchiladas.

7. Breakfast hash takes on a whole new dimension when you make it with barbecued brisket. –ticrta

8. Smoked brisket leftovers make the best pot pie or shepherd’s pie you’ll ever taste. –ipsedixit

9. Give smoked brisket the chile verde treatment. Chop and add onions, garlic, ground cumin, tomatoes, and poblano chiles that you’ve charred, peeled, and seeded. Cook as you would any other chili (start with step 3 in this White Chicken Chili recipe). –ruafoodie

Leftover brisket also works in a tomato-based chili, of course.

10. Make fried rice studded with brisket. Gail Simmons’ Christmas Brisket Fried Rice doesn’t use barbecued brisket, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t!

11. Make a smoky plate of poutine—if it works with BBQ pork (and it does), it’ll work with brisket too.

12. Add your tender brisket to a plate of pasta try this recipe with porcini, or bring in Hungarian flavors as in our goulash.

13. Obvious idea, but perfect nonetheless: Pile that leftover BBQ brisket on nachos. Nothing better.

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Leena Trivedi-Grenier wrote the original version of this story in 2014. It has been updated with additional images, links, and text.

How To Reheat Brisket

Brisket is a tough piece of beef, which is one reason some cooks shy away from it. But those of us who love it know that when cooked for a long time at a low heat, the meat becomes meltingly tender and full of robust flavor (try this Slow-Cooker Texas Chili or this Barbecue Brisket and you be a true believer). If you happen to purchase a large brisket, you may be left wondering what to do with the leftovers. Follow one of these methods and not an ounce of that delicious beef will go to waste.  

How to Reheat Brisket in the Oven

When possible, food should always be reheated in the same manner it was cooked. If you can&apost put your brisket back on the smoker, then the best way to reheat your brisket is to use your oven. Remember that low and slow is key don&apost think you can reheat the meat faster by using a super-hot oven. Preheat your oven to 325ଏ. ਊ higher temp sucks the moisture out of your brisket (before it is thoroughly heated) and will result in tough, chewy meat. 

While the oven preheats, take your leftover brisket out of the fridge, place in a baking pan, and let it sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. This will ensure that it reheats evenly, and you won&apost have a warm exterior and a cold center. If you have any leftover cooking juices, pour some over the brisket. You can use a cup of beef broth if you don&apost have cooking juices. Cover the brisket in a double layer of foil and crimp the foil around the edges of the pan you want a tight seal with no holes. Place your covered brisket in the oven and heat until, per the USDA guidelines, the internal temperature reaches 165ଏ. If your brisket has already been cut, it won&apost take as long as one that is still whole.

How to Reheat Brisket in the Slow Cooker

The convenience of a slow cooker comes into play when you want to use it to reheat a brisket. It might not be very quick, but nothing about a brisket was ever quick, right? You may need upwards of 4 hours, so plan accordingly. Here is what to do.

Let the meat rest on the countertop about 20 minutes so it can reach room temperature. Place the brisket in the pot. If the piece is oversized and won&apost fit into the slow cooker, slice it into thick pieces until it all fits. Emptyਊll of the reserved drippings and juices into the slow cooker𠅎ven the fatty, congealed blobs of flavor. If you don&apost have any drippings, use a cup of beef stock, barbecue sauce, etc. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours, depending on the size of the brisket.

Never Reheat Brisket in the Microwave

A microwave works by turning water molecules into steam, which means your brisket will steam all of its good moisture out and become dry, rubbery, and not very appealing.

The brisket and short ribs are simmered, then roasted, which makes the meat tender on the inside and crusty and brown on the outside. The celery root, rutabagas, and potatoes are cooked in the leftover broth from the meats, which results in a wonderfully rich, flavorful mash.

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