Dinner Leftovers Make Great Sandwiches for Lunch

Kim Conte

sandwichThis isn't the first time I'm written about my love affair with leftovers. In my house, we always have food leftover from dinner; often, Mr. Cafe Kim and I will use it to make sandwiches for lunch the next day.

Can I tell you a secret? I actually prefer food on the second day—the flavors are so much more intense! Here are some of our favorite meals-turned-into-sandwiches:

  • Chicken Breasts -- Chicken Salad Sandwiches: Leftover baked chicken breasts or roast chicken make great chicken salad sandwiches the next day. Dice 2 leftover chicken breasts; mix with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon mustard, diced apples or celery (or something else crunchy), salt and pepper; serve open-faced on thickly sliced wheat bread.
  • Roast -- Shredded Meat Sandwiches: Slow cooker pork roast or beef roast is even better then next day. Top hamburger buns with shredded meat and add a dash of barbecue sauce if it's too dry.
  • Eggplant Parmesan -- Vegetable Sandwiches: We make a huge baking dish of eggplant parmesan on the weekends, and eat it the rest of the week. For a tasty vegetable sandwich, layer a slice of eggplant Parmesan with grilled onions and mushrooms on thick slices of bread.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs -- Meatball Sandwiches: My hands-down favorite leftover sandwich is the meatball sandwich. Whenever we have a spaghetti, I save a few meatballs and a little bit of sauce to serve on a toasted sub the next day.
  • Egg Frittata -- Egg Sandwich: It is my ardent belief that you can eat an egg sandwich at anytime of the day. Just save a couple slices of this Tomato-Basil Frittata; the next day, layer it between two slices of toast with melted cheese and a slice of turkey bacon (optional).

What's your favorite "leftover" sandwich?


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