How to Repurpose Leftover Game Day Food

September 10, 2015

Having friends over for game day is always a lot of fun, but once our guests are gone, I'm usually left with an assortment of food that I don't necessarily want to eat throughout the week; there's either too much of something, and I feel obligated to eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner just to get rid of it, or there's not enough of something to make a complete meal for my family. Here's my game plan for all the leftovers I'm  expecting to have this NFL season.

Bake directly on oven rack until the crust is super crunchy, then cut into bite size pieces and use as croutons in tomato or red pepper soup.  

Top baked potatoes. 

Spinach artichoke dip
Use as a filling for omelettes or lasagna.

Top with salsa or enchilada sauce (because next-day nachos are already soggy anyways), add more chips or cheese as needed, and turn it into an enchilada casserole. 

Take the meat off the bones and divide amongst grilled cheese sandwiches or quesadillas.

Carrot and Celery Sticks (that go with the wings but are always left untouched)
Chop them up and add to soups, stews or casseroles. 

Any Dessert
Mix into vanilla bean ice cream to create an original flavor.

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  1. GENIUS ! That pizza idea is a winner. Great way to repurpose that ....maybe.... one slice of pizza that no one ate. Pizza is always a winner at parties so I'm sure the leftovers will be limited, however to use them as croutons is GENIUS!

    1. I'm thinking they'd be especially yummy as croutons on top of a creamy tomato basil soup. ; )


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