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Top 10 Best Leftover Recipes


Leftovers are the bane of the cook's existence. Or they used to be. Remember when your mom would reply 'leftovers' to the query of 'what's for dinner'? And the groans that would result? Well, that doesn't have to happen anymore. These recipes are so good that you'll make the original recipe just to get the leftovers! When used with imagination, leftover ingredients are like a mini-deli right in your refrigerator. And these recipes are interchangeable too. If you have leftover chicken, use it in the recipes for leftover salmon or ham. Let's hear it for leftovers!

1. Steak Quesadilla

Linda Larsen
Leftover steak is a treat. And when it's combine with cheese and tortillas in this simple recipe, it's swoon-worthy.

2. Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara

Linda Larsen
Here's another favorite recipe for using leftover cooked salmon. It would also be delicious with tuna or ham. The silky smooth sauce is perfect with the tender salmon and perfectly cooked pasta.

3. Butternut Risotto Cakes

Butternut Risotto Cakes
Linda Larsen
This wonderful recipe uses leftover risotto in a wonderful way. The creamy and rich risotto becomes tender little cakes with a crisp crust and meltingly cheesy insides. Yum.

4. Crunchy Salmon Sandwich Spread

Crunchy Salmon Sandwich Spread
Linda Larsen
Leftover Salmon Fillets are precious because salmon isn't inexpensive. It's so good for you, though, and you should eat some type of fatty fish once a week. And use those leftovers! This sandwich spread is versatile enough to be used with any cooked meat.

5. Meatloaf Spaghetti

Meatloaf Spaghetti
Linda Larsen
Any leftover meatloaf recipe can be used in this spectacular dish. Not only is this the perfect way to disguise leftover meatloaf, but it's also just a four ingredient recipe!

6. Cheesy Ham Pasta

Cheesy Ham Pasta
Linda Larsen
Nothing is better than ham in a creamy, cheesy sauce. This super easy recipe uses two kinds of cheese sauce for even more flavor. Yum.

7. Tomato Pasta Frittata

Tomato Pasta Frittata
Linda Larsen
I always seem to have leftover pasta, and my favorite way to use it in to make a frittata. Frittatas are easy and inexpensive and you usually have all of the ingredients on hand.

8. Turkey Tetrazzini

Leftover turkey or chicken is delicious enveloped in a creamy sauce with pasta and fresh tomatoes. This is a great way to use up leftovers from a roasted chicken or turkey, or buy a grocery store rotisserie chicken just for this dish.

9. Turkey Cobb Salad Wrap Sandwiches

Well, bacon, blue cheese, and avocados could make any food taste like it's fit for a king. These sandwiches are delicious using cooked turkey, chicken, salmon, ham, or beef!

10. Roast Beef Filo Cups

And for a wonderful way to turn a roast beef into a delicate appetizer, try this easy recipe. It was the result of a mistake in the kitchen and has turned into one of my favorite treats.

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