Brisket is a majestic hunk of meat famous for its fall-off-the-bone tenderness and stunning sweet and smokey flavor. But, let’s face it, it’s not the easiest dish to perfect. It takes a lot of time and effort to nail this beautiful beast.
And sometimes, no matter how insanely good your brisket is, you still end up with some leftovers. Now don’t feel bad – brisket may be delicious but it’s also too rich sometimes, it’s hard to finish all of it in one sitting.
Considering all the hard work you put into making it, you want to maximize its purpose. If you’re in search of ideas for what to do with leftover brisket, look no further, because I’ve got 12 wonderful suggestions for you!
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A grilled cheese sandwich is already heavenly on its own, but if you pack it with heaps of brisket, oh my, it transforms into a heavenly dish.
You’ve spent hours to make that ridiculously juicy and flavorful brisket yesterday, and just want something simple and quick to make today. No worries, because we all know how incredibly easy it is to make a grilled cheese sandwich.
Breakfast hash: a fantastic recipe invention that combines various leftover food, brisket included. If you’re feeling a little lazy, don’t worry, because this dish is effortless to make. Plus, it’s so hearty it will give you that much-needed energy boost in the morning!
Other than your leftover brisket, all you need are basic ingredients that are probably already in your pantry – potatoes, onions, and eggs.
To make breakfast hash, cook caramelized onions, leftover potatoes (I’m sure you have some!), and brisket in a skillet. Press the mixture with a metal spatula and divide it into four squares. Put a well in the center of each square and add an egg into each. Cover with a lid and let it sit until the eggs cook. Done!
Exhausted from last night’s party, but need to make breakfast for the family? Don’t worry, I hear ya, and I’ve got the perfect solution: make an easy, 3-ingredient quesadilla!
All you need are some flour tortillas, cheese, and that beautiful brisket. Just heat it up in the skillet until the cheese melts, and breakfast is served!
Brisket in a shepherd’s pie? It may sound strange, but think about it – mashed potatoes make a good accompaniment to brisket, so it kinda makes sense to put the two together and make one lip-smacking casserole.
Add some veggies, such as corn, carrots, peas, and broccoli to the brisket, top it with mashed potatoes, and bake. That’s it – easy peasy, right?
Picture this: flour tortilla, salsa, lettuce, jalapenos, cheese, guacamole, sour cream… and brisket. Now doesn’t that sound like a tasty taco?
What I love about this entry is that it’s so delicious yet so easy to prepare. You don’t even need to heat the stove! Just place all the taco ingredients in individual bowls, lay them out on the table, and you’re all set.
Beef Stroganoff is such a creamy, buttery, and hearty pasta dish. Now, if you want a unique take on this classic comfort food, use brisket for the meat instead! It gives the dish a wonderful sweetness and smokiness that only brisket can bring.
If you’ve only got a little bit of brisket left, and want to stretch it out, why not make a hearty chili? To make brisket chili, follow your favorite recipe as instructed, but this time use brisket instead of ground beef. Add some bacon and chipotle sauce to give it an even smokier and deeper flavor!
Brisket Baked Beans
Baked beans and brisket? Why not! Just add some canned beans and spices to your brisket and you’ve already transformed it into an irresistible and hearty dinner for the whole family.
Nachos normally call for a ground beef topping, but that shouldn’t stop you from using brisket instead. It gives your nachos a sweet and smokey flavor, which contrasts the other elements of the dish beautifully.
Thinking of a fun appetizer to serve at your next house party? Well, here’s an idea: top your bruschetta with some brisket! For more flavor, top your brisket bruschetta with sweet guava sauce and some creamy avocado slices. Yummy-licious.
Growing up, my mom always used to make empanadas. She was very experimental with it, too, trying out different fillings that never fail to pique my interest. Now that I’ve got kids of my own, I continue my mom’s legacy by making them my own spin on empanadas.
And as you may have guessed, I love using brisket as an empanada filling! Together with barbecue sauce and sweet bell peppers, brisket tastes so irresistible when wrapped in pastry dough!
For me, pizza tastes delicious no matter what ingredient you add to it. But topping it with brisket? Now that pizza is in a league of its own!
Toss with your choice of toppings along with the fork-soft and juicy brisket on that dough, bake, and serve hot with a glass of wine. A perfect meal for a fun night with friends.
For our last entry, here’s the ultimate comfort food that’s guaranteed to make you feel oh so joyful!
Brisket and bread already taste fantastic, but if you want to take things to another level, spread some horseradish mayo on that toast! Add your choice of veggies too, such as lettuce, tomatoes, and onions for a nice crunch and added flavor. Ooh la la.