Because you can never have too much leftover brisket.

No matter how many guests you have, if you cook a brisket, you're destined to have more leftovers than you bargained for. And that's a good thing! While you could generously give away your extra slow-cooked meat, hoarding it for a few days' worth of cooking projects is not the worst idea. Brisket is a food that's better left over, anyway.

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Start by making our favorite red wine-braised brisket recipe—or by buying one from the best via Goldbelly—then revive your leftovers with these delicious ideas to keep flavor fatigue away. Bonus: Most of these simple leftover hacks are freezer friendly!

Fast Bolognese
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Quick Brisket Bolognese

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Pasta night comes together quickly when the meat is already cooked and tender. Sauté a soffritto (diced celery, carrots, and onions) in olive oil in a large saucepan, then stir in a tablespoon of tomato paste when fragrant. Deglaze the pot with a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes. Stir in the desired amount of leftover brisket, and simmer until hot. That's it! Serve with pasta. (And maybe some extra bread for dipping.)

Pressure-Cooker Beef Brisket Sandwich
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Brisket Sandwich

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Hefty sandwiches are an obvious next day go-to for meat, and brisket is no exception. The key to a successful beef brisket sandwich is sturdy bread that will soak up the juices, and a few complementary ingredients, like cabbage, to diversify each bite. If you're feeling fancy, grab a baguette for a brisket French dip. Try a grilled cheese with a little bonus brisket—plus fresh apple slices pressed in the center.

Steak and Green Chile Nachos
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Tacos, Nachos, Quesadillas...

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Slow-cooked meat is the perfect filling for a variety of Mexican dishes. Grab fresh tortillas and try your hand at brisket quesadillas, brisket taquitos, brisket burritos, brisket-topped nachos, and more. Just use your favorite recipe for a beef or pork version, sub in the brisket, and you have a new, easy-to-make fusion dish.

Crispy Potato Omelet With Smoky Aioli
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Brisket Omelette or Scramble

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Add a little extra protein to your morning eggs and scramble them with shredded brisket, or fold brisket into an omelet. Garnish with fresh herbs and shredded cheese.

Unicorn Summer Rolls
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Brisket Potstickers or Egg Rolls

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Almost anything can be delicious potsticker or egg roll filling with a few tweaks. Finely chop leftover brisket with at least two other minced steamed (or leftover) vegetables to lighten up the filling mixture, like cabbage and sweet potato, or spinach and squash. Add fresh ginger and fill pre-bought wonton wrappers or egg roll wrappers with your filling. Fry on the stovetop or in an air fryer.

Quick Dinner Ideas: Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn
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Hack your way to a quick weeknight chili with pre-made brisket. Dice or pull the meat, simmer in a can of diced tomatoes, add beans, and the seasonings of your choice (cumin, paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper all work well) for a chili that's ready in 30 minutes. Toss in corn, additional veggies, lentils, or chickpeas to add more texture to the chili. Voila: You've stretched your leftovers and created a new satisfying, shareable (and freezable) meal.

Veggie Fried Rice With Frizzled Eggs Recipe
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Brisket Fried Rice

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You don't need a recipe to whip up an excellent fried rice—just pre-cook your rice, use a nice selection of aromatics, and throw in your pre-cooked meat, an egg, and some fresh vegetables for an excellent side dish or entree you can put together in minutes.

Creamy Ravioli With Squash, Lemon, and Chives
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Stuffed Pastas

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An ambitious homemade agnolotti, tortellini, or ravioli project can take over a day's work if you're starting from scratch, but having leftover, tender meat to create a filling with helps speed up the arduous (yet delicious) process. Mince your leftover meat and mix with an equal portion of pureed squash, ricotta cheese, or both, and scoop your filling into rolled-out pasta sheets to fold as you wish. Those looking for shortcuts can also use the meat filling for pre-made jumbo shells or manicotti noodles.

Easy Shepherd's Pie
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Shepherd's Pie

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Shepherd's pie is already an easy and satisfying weeknight dinner, but dress it up a little by swapping out ground beef for succulent brisket. This is meat and potatoes like you've never had before.