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What To Do With Labor Day Cookout Leftovers

What To Do with Labor Day Cookout Leftovers

By Peter Manley

It’s just about that time of the year again. Labor Day is right around the corner, the weather is hitting a sweet spot of not-too-hot-not-too-cold, and we’re all busy planning for a fun day with loved ones.

Arguably one of the best things about Labor Day, of course, is the amazing cookout food we get to enjoy. When it comes to Labor Day, rarely does anyone ever hold back. Whether it’s grilled meats, potato salad, sausages, and hot-dogs, or the countless dessert plates, there’s no shortage of food!

However, once the day is said and gone, what do you do with the rest of the food? Chances are, you’ll have an overwhelming surplus of delicious grub left for grabs, more than anyone could imagine finishing in a second round.

But no worries! While you can opt for storing the leftovers in the fridge and popping them in the microwave throughout the week, there are many (better) ways to enjoy your Labor Day leftovers.

Without further ado, here are four great ideas on what to do with your Labor Day leftovers. Enjoy!

1. Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

If your family is big on throwing veggies (think: zucchini, bell pepper, onion, corn, and tomato) on the grill, then this dish is the perfect way to spruce up your leftovers! A summer favorite as it is, vegetable and pasta salad is a quick dish you can toss together in a matter of minutes.

Simply add some choice seasonings and a vinaigrette and voila! Lunch (or dinner) is served for the rest of the week. Here’s a quick recipe for reference.

2. Hot Dog Hash

If you have some leftover hot dogs or sausages, one of the easiest ways to turn them into meals is by making up a plate (or two) of hot dog hash! Already a timeless favorite dish, using grilled hot dogs/sausages in your hash makes it that much better.

Top it off with a few sunny side up eggs or an omelet, and you have yourself a breakfast of champions. Try this recipe to get your hash started.

3. Chicken Breast & Cabbage Slaw Tacos

Grilled chicken is delicious when it's fresh off the grill. Unfortunately, the same usually can’t be said about leftover chicken, since it tends to dry out very quickly. To save your leftover bird from going to waste, why not craft some delicious tacos?

Cut your grilled breast into slices, make a batch of cabbage slaw, and throw them into a taco shell for a delicious (and filling) treat! To share or not to share, that is the question.

4. Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are those little gems that allow you to flex your creative muscles in the kitchen. While most people tend to go for using leftover ground beef, you can use whatever meat you have in your leftover arsenal.

If you have chicken, chop it up into small cubes. Have leftover barbecue pork instead? No worries! Shred the meat into barbacoa and you’re good to go. Here’s a recipe for you to use as inspiration. Simply replace the meat for whatever you have available!