Easter leftover recipes that are better than the actual dinner itself

Big beef sandwich
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One of the most delicious rewards of the big Easter feast is the tasty abundance of Easter leftovers. Forget about simply reheating and serving those leftover meats and vegetables. Instead, delight your family with scrumptious new dishes that will get them excited to come to the table.

Here are 10 Easter leftover recipes to help you repurpose your Easter leftovers into delicious new dishes.

Leftover Easter candy cookies

Why eat leftover Easter candy straight from the bag when you can use it to make these adorable leftover Easter candy cookies? Light, soft and buttery, these spring-themed treats showcase pastel M&M’s and chocolate Easter eggs, which are even more irresistible in cookie form. Rally your kiddos to get in the kitchen to help you make these easy treats. We recommend gobbling up a few while they are still hot from the oven.

Leftover Easter candy cookies

Deviled egg macaroni salad

After the Easter egg hunt is over, transform those colorful hard-boiled eggs into this scrumptious deviled egg macaroni salad from Jo Cooks.

If you’re a fan of deviled eggs and always find yourself first in line for macaroni salad, you’re going to go wild for this mouthwatering mash-up. This leftover Easter egg recipe is loaded with red onion, celery, pickles and olives. The egg yolks, mayonnaise and Dijon mustard give the macaroni an addictive creaminess that makes it hard to stop at one serving.

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Ham and potato corn chowder

Got leftover Easter ham? Don’t freeze it for later. Instead, make this ham and potato corn chowder from Closet Cooking.

Rich with flavor and loaded with vegetables, this chowder is easy to make and it’ll be ready for dinner in 30 minutes or less. Start by sautéing onions, carrots and celery, then add garlic and herbs. To thicken the soup, make a roux with flour, ham broth and milk. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, and the ham and corn are hot.

Your family will beg you to make this bowl of comfort more often.

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Honey ham biscuits

Leftover Easter ham is a godsend in the kitchen. You can transform it into so many tasty meals to feed your family for the week.

These honey ham biscuits from Fake Ginger are a versatile meal and, best yet, you only need five ingredients. Simply layer refrigerator biscuit dough with shredded Swiss cheese and slices of ham. Brush the biscuits with butter and bake until golden brown. Drizzle with warm honey, and serve them for brunch, a light lunch or a snack before dinner.

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Ham and egg salad

When Easter gives you leftovers, make this tasty ham and egg salad from Good Cheap Eats.

This isn’t your typical egg salad with mayo, mustard and some ham thrown in. This salad is given a tasty twist with brown mustard and green garlic (young garlic that looks like a green onion). Serve this scrumptious egg salad on soft leftover rolls or on top of greens for a low-carb option.

vegetable salad with ham and egg seasoned milk sauce
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Smoky chipotle turkey tortas

If you roast a big turkey for Easter and have a ton of leftovers, give it a Mexican-inspired makeover with this smoky chipotle turkey tortas from Hola Jalapeño.

To make this tongue-tantalizing torta, mix shredded turkey with garlic, lime juice and spicy chipotle in adobo, then pile it onto toasted bolillo rolls that are covered with refried black beans and bubbling Oaxaca cheese.

A layer of sliced radishes, baby arugula, red onions and crema Mexicana gives this Mexican-style sandwich fresh flavors and textures that balance out the other ingredients. Es delicioso!

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Cheesy ham and broccoli frittata

Bring your Easter leftovers to breakfast with this cheesy ham and broccoli frittata from I Heart Naptime.

Perfect for feeding a large crowd, this fabulous frittata is an inexpensive, quick and easy dish to put on the table the morning after Easter. Instead of whipping up individual omelettes or waiting for a casserole to bake, you simply pour beaten eggs over leftover ham, cheese, broccoli and onions, and cook the mixture in a skillet without stirring.

Frittatas are finished off in the oven, so slide your skillet under the broiler and cook until lightly browned. Cut it into wedges and serve immediately.

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Leftover Easter candy freakshake

If you’ve got scads of Peeps, M&M’s, candy eggs and more, make this leftover Easter candy freakshake from Baking Mischief.

Your family will remember this over-the-top milkshake more than any Easter dessert you served on the holiday. The base of this sweet treat is an ice cream milkshake, but the outside is where things get freaky fun.

Start with a homemade buttercream frosting studded with bunny Peeps and pastel M&M’s, then top it off with whipped cream, chopped-up candy eggs and a chocolate bunny head.

Photo courtesy of Baking Mischief

Chocolate-covered Peeps

Take your Peeps-nibbling pleasure to new heights with these chocolate-covered Peeps from Your Home Based Mom.

These aren’t your ordinary Peeps dipped in chocolate. These Peeps treats are dunked in warm white chocolate and then dressed up with a colorful variety of sprinkles and candy decor.

You can gussy them up even more by turning them into chocolate-covered Peeps pops with lollipop sticks and presenting them as a Peeps bouquet. Or dip them in chocolate and melt them between graham crackers to create Peeps s’mores.

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Skillet shepherd’s pie with lamb

Instead of reheating a boring plate of leftover lamb and mashed potatoes, repurpose them into this skillet shepherd’s pie courtesy of Valerie’s Kitchen!

This easy recipe calls for ground beef, but the traditional rendition of shepherd’s pie features ground lamb — which is what we recommend for this leftover Easter dish.

You prepare the sumptuous filling — a mouthwatering mixture of ground meat, onion, carrots, peas, corn and fresh herbs — and the cheesy mashed potato topping in a skillet, then finish the pie off in the oven to create a crisp, browned crust on top. Delish!

Photo courtesy of Valerie’s Kitchen