Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Odds are, you’re planning a traditional feast with boiled cabbage and corned beef. While this is a tasty and festive way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you’re probably going to have way more corned beef than you know what to do with. Leftovers are always great for taking to work for lunch or eating the next day, but it’s easy to get sick of microwaved corned beef and cabbage.
We’ve got some great ideas to help spruce up those leftovers and transform that corned beef into something special. We’ve got breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas, to stretch those leftovers into a week of versatile and unique meals. By stretching these leftovers and lowering your grocery bills, you’ll have more money to put towards your credit card debt.
There’s always the tasty and flexible standard, corned beef hash. The great thing about hash is that it can be made with pretty much any leftover meat, and almost any vegetable. Honestly, I only make a corned beef dinner on St. Patrick’s Day so that we can have corned beef hash the next morning! Here is my recipe.
Corned beef hash
Leftover corned beef, cut into cubes
Leftover boiled potatoes, cut into cubes
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
Heat a tbsp of oil in a nonstick skillet at med high heat. Add the onion and garlic, with a pinch of salt and pepper, and sauté until onions are translucent. Add red peppers and continue sautéing for two to three minutes, or until pepper is softened.
Add corned beef and potatoes and cook without stirring too hard – you don’t want to break up the potatoes and make them mushy. Mix in ½ tbsp of paprika and a dash of seasoned salt. Let the potatoes brown, then serve hot. If using an oven safe pan, you can crack four eggs into the corned beef hash, drizzle with the oil, then put in the oven at 375 for 10-15 minutes or until the eggs set. If the pan is not oven safe, separately cook eggs overeasy or sunnyside up to serve with the hash.
Other ways to use corned beef include a unique Reuben-style casserole for dinner or classic Reuben sandwiches for lunch – adding the sauerkraut really changes the flavor of the corned beef, while adding tons of nutrition in the form of fiber and probiotics. You can take the Reuben flavoring a step further and make handpies with ready-made dough, or a savory Reuben dip.
For other hash ideas, try using sweet potatoes instead of potatoes, or any other kind of leftover meat instead of corned beef. You can add corn, kale, or any other affordable veggie to boost the fiber content and make it more nutritious! For cabbage ideas, check out our recent blog post.
Have a safe, healthy, and happy St. Patrick’s Day!