Happy day after the fourth of July! While you’re now back at work, hopefully for the first time in five days, you undoubtedly have a selection of grilled leftovers from the holiday barbecue you hosted yesterday just waiting for you at home. However, simply reheating grilled produce or meats isn’t always the most exciting, or delicious, way to utilize leftovers from the grill. Instead, we suggest repurposing your leftovers into new dishes that will prevent you from getting burnt out on the same flavors you enjoyed yesterday. Here are five ways to use grilled leftovers from your Independence Day party.
Got burgers? Break them up for chili or Bolognese.
There are two burger situations that occur at most barbecues: Either you vastly underestimate how many people will eat burgers or you buy way too much burger meat and are left with an army of leftover patties. Unfortunately, leftover burgers don’t reheat very well, however, the meat itself can still be flavorful and delicious when used properly. Regardless of the leftover burger meat being cooked or not, you can use it to make a chili con carne or as the protein base of a Bolognese sauce.
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Got grilled fruit? Make a refreshing salsa.
Fruit fares incredibly well on the grill, especially citrus, stone fruit—think peaches or nectarines—and pineapple. Due to the sugar content found in most fruit, it takes on a great caramelized flavor and allows for very easy grill marks too. One of the best ways to use any leftover grilled fruit, however, is to use it in a fruity salsa. Simply chop it up and add it into your favorite store bought salsa or make your own at home (seriously, salsa is super easy).