19 Ways to Use Leftover Corned Beef
Wondering what to do with your extra St. Patrick's Day corned beef? So many Allrecipes cooks love to get creative with corned beef and show off its versatility in pizza, quesadillas, and quiches. Many recipes also call for the leftover cabbage and potatoes from your feast so nothing goes to waste.
If you love hash, you'll find the classic, plus many dishes that use it as a component. If Reubens are your diner order of choice, we've got those flavors in every possible iteration (think WAY beyond just the sandwich). Corned beef is the leftover that just keeps giving (and giving!).
Deluxe Corned Beef Hash
"I purposely cook a whole corn beef just to make this hash," says recipe creator Debra Steward. We think that's a winning strategy. Carrots, potato, and onion crisp in a skillet along with corned beef and fresh herbs. A poached or fried egg on top is a must. "... Almost too beautiful to call a hash!" says user J&RsMamma.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Leaf Wraps with Carrot Salsa
While this recipe calls for prepared corned beef hash, you can chop up the leftover corned beef and potatoes from your St. Paddy's Day dinner. This lighter recipe keeps the usual boiled or braised cabbage as raw, crisp leaves for holding the corned beef and fresh salsa. "Made as written and these were great!" says Allrecipes Allstar Soup Loving Nicole.
Mini Corned Beef Quiche
Individual quiches turn the usual eggs and corned beef hash into something a little fancier. It's also a great make-ahead option. Leftover corned beef can stand in for the prepared corned beef here. "This recipe was so easy to get together. We thought it was delicious!" says reviewer Happyschmoopies.
Irish Egg Rolls
So, we're pretty sure no egg rolls originated in Ireland, but this mashup is still pretty genius. Recipe creator Nicolle Morrison turns every part of your St. Patrick's Day dinner into a filling laced with fresh carrot and onion. Reviewer CTYankeesfan was over the moon for these fried rolls: "There just aren't enough stars for this one."
Leftover Corned Beef Hash
Corned Beef Hash Arepas
Venezuela comes to Ireland with these breakfast-style arepas, or cornmeal cakes that are split and stuffed. Black beans and onion are sautéed with corned beef hash (feel free to use homemade corned beef) then piled onto the arepas with avocado, tomato, and a poached egg. "I would have never thought of pairing corned beef hash with black beans," says Allstar bd.weld. "Pure genius."
Corned Beef Special Sandwiches
If you're looking for something different from the classic Reuben, this Jewish deli–style sandwich is just the ticket. The blueprint: Russian dressing slathered on rye bread, then layered with corned beef and prepared coleslaw. "Combination of ingredients are delicious and using Russian dressing is fabulous!" says reviewer Linda(LMT).
"Will it pizza?" is a question that's almost not worth asking because the answer is usually a resounding yes. Here, all the makings of a classic Reuben sandwich top whole-wheat pizza dough. The results had reviewers raving. "Even if you are not a serious Reuben fan (which I am not) this pizza totally rocks!" says recipe reviewer Jenni.
Southwestern Corned Beef Quesadillas
Tired of corned beef sandwiches? These corned beef quesadillas are a fantastic way to use up your leftovers. The heat of canned green chilies is a great match for the beef, as is mild, melty Monterey Jack cheese. Many reviewers brought Reuben flavors to the 'dilla with shredded Swiss and sauerkraut. Yum!
With four cheeses, a béchamel sauce, and all your usual Reuben ingredients, this indulgent mac and cheese is not for the faint of heart. Slightly briny corned beef helps cut through the richness and makes this mac even more special. A quick broil in a cast-iron skillet creates those lacy, crispy edges we love.
Red Reuben Hand Pies
Flaky pastry encases corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, and Swiss cheese in these personal pies. What makes them red is the substitution of pickled red cabbage for sauerkraut, something recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar lutzflcat picked up from a local German restaurant. She keeps the theme going with German potato salad and pickles served alongside.
Corned Beef Hash Breakfast Tacos
Use your leftover corned beef and potatoes the morning after St. Patrick's Day to make these tacos. The hash cooks with black beans and spices, then hits flour tortillas with salsa, sour cream, and cheese. "I never would have thought to use corned beef hash this way," says cook Paula.
Corned Beef Kimchi Fried Rice
You've probably added leftover diced ham, steak, or chicken to fried rice. Corned beef is even tastier, especially in this Korean-inspired version with kimchi and spicy-sweet gochujang (fermented chile paste). A leave-it-alone sear of the fried rice in the skillet creates those crispy-crunchy bits you'll hunt for in your bowl.
Corned Beef Hash Egg Crescent Ring
This breakfast crescent ring is fit for a (very hungry) king. Refrigerated crescent dough is stuffed with corned beef hash, sautéed vegetables, scrambled eggs, and cheese, then baked until golden. If you have leftover corned beef, chop it fine and use in place of the canned version here. The best part of this ring is that you get every element in one big bite.
Any casserole that starts with a layer of potato and cheese pierogies has already checked our boxes for extra comforting comfort food. This Reuben-inspired version adds sliced corned beef (a great way to use up St. Patrick's Day leftovers), sauerkraut, cheese, and dressing. The rye bread slices turn into a top layer of golden breadcrumbs.
Slow Cooker Reuben Dip
If Reuben lovers have taught us anything, it's that the combo of sauerkraut, corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, and Swiss cheese can go in just about any dish, not just between bread. This game day dip includes them all, along with cream cheese. Just add to your slow cooker, let simmer, then serve up with cocktail rye or tortilla chips.
Corned Beef Hash Quiche
This corned beef recipe calls for canned meat, but go ahead and use any leftover corned beef you have from your St. Patrick's Day dinner. While the list of ingredients is simple (and likely already on hand), don't hesitate to add anything you have that's quiche-worthy, like vegetables or even leftover grains.
Smoked Corned Beef Sandwiches with Coleslaw
If you think salty-sour corned beef has all the flavor it needs on its own, wait until you try it smoked. The infusion of woodsy, intense smoke elevates the humble corned beef to new heights. Because the flavor is so robust, try it in small doses, like on these sliders or on open-faced versions of these sandwiches.
Corned Beef and Knockwurst Sandwich
You're in for a regional treat with this corned beef recipe: "This corned beef and knockwurst sandwich recipe is an original from my hometown of Richmond, Virginia," says recipe contributor Brian Genest. "Cooked on the griddle, it was created at Richmond's own NY Deli in the 1940's, and soon became a staple of diners and bars across the city."