Did you end up with a lot of leftover corned beef after your last Irish-American dinner party? Have you figured out what to do with it yet? If not, I may be able to help. During my years in the hospitality industry, I hosted many St. Patrick’s Day events, some of which resulted in leftovers. As such, I learned how to incorporate those leftovers into a new meal. With that said, here are a few menu ideas that you may want to try:
In my opinion, one of the best ways to utilize leftover corned beef is to incorporate it into your family’s breakfast. For example, it can be easily mixed in with diced potatoes and onions to create a fabulous hash. Personally, that’s my favorite way to use up the remnants of a St. Patrick’s Day meal. I’ll traditionally serve the hash with scrambled eggs and toast.
However, hash isn’t your only breakfast option. You could also use it to whip up a tasty strata made with eggs, bread, cheese and other ingredients. If you have never made a meat and cheese strata before, you can find a super recipe for one posted on the Taste of Home website. Of course you could also use it to top off an egg, cheese and biscuit sandwich or slide it in between a few Irish cheddar scones.
If you’d rather not incorporate the leftovers into breakfast, what about lunch? Based on my experience, it may be used to whip up a casserole, Rueben sandwiches and even a homemade pizza. I know the idea of using it on a homemade pizza may sound weird but it does taste good. Think about it. It is really no different than adding any other meat topping to your pie. Still not convinced? Well then, you could always stuff the meat inside an empanada, a soft flour tortilla or a taco shell instead. Then serve it alongside bowls of shredded cheese, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes and horseradish sauce.
You may also want to think about using up the corned beef during dinner. In years past, I have tossed it into rice, placed it on top of baked potatoes and served it next to a big helping of colcannon. I have found that it can also be used to create a bread bowl appetizer or a homemade dip to go with a hearty bowl of creamy potato soup. You could also put it inside the soup as well.
Source: Personal Experience
More from this contributor:
Irish Themed Party Favors for Adults
How to Sweet Brine a Holiday Beef Brisket
Interview with Pro Motorcross Rider Ronnie Renner
Unusual Lodging: Medieval European Castles and Irish Gypsy Wagons