Our least favourite Easter leftovers: the relatives who don't leave until Monday. Our favourite Easter leftovers: lamb! If you’ve ever enjoyed roast lamb on Easter weekend or for a normal Sunday lunch, chances are you too might have had some leftovers. If it’s the non-relative kind, lucky you.
Here are our best leftover lamb recipes and handy tips and tricks to make sure you never waste a tasty scrap of lamb again. Coincidentally, it’s one magical meat that often tastes better the next day. But above all, roast lamb is a brilliantly versatile dish that can be used in all sorts of recipes, so sit back, relax and read on to show your leftovers some love.
Before creating your leftover lamb dishes, it’s paramount to apply these food safety practices.
1. Once you’ve finished eating, cool your meat at room temperature and pop it in the fridge in a covered food container.
2. You can safely store cooked lamb for up to 3 days in the fridge, or up to 2 months in the freezer.
3. Before using, make sure it's fully defrosted – ideally overnight towards the bottom of the fridge – and if it's been frozen once, don't refreeze!
4. When cooking, be sure to reheat your lamb until it’s piping hot throughout.
Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary
Before you start cooking with leftovers, you’ll need the mothership from where all these lamb recipes originate. Introducing our classic Roast Leg of Lamb: a staple of Sunday lunches across the land, which gets a new lease of life for this melt-in-your-mouth recipe, pairing traditional garlic and rosemary with honey and mustard. Just make sure you don’t eat it all, so you can get creative with the below leftover lamb recipes.
Quick Lamb Curry
Short on time but full of flavour: swap lamb leg steaks for leftovers and prepare, cook and serve up this creamy curry in just twenty minutes! Leaving you plenty of spare time to learn a new language, take up a new hobby, or sit in your loungewear and binge-watch reruns of your favourite series.
Lamb and Tomato Stuffed Pasta
Effortless to cook and incredible to eat, serve up this tasty pasta meal in no time at all and enjoy it again for tomorrow’s lunch. Simply replace lamb mince with your leftovers, smother in tomato, basil, mozzarella and admire all the classic flavours of Italy. Buon Appetito!
Try Lamb x Tastemade UK: Lamb Ragu 3 Ways
Bursting with seasonal ingredients and full-bodied flavours, swap lamb shoulder for your leftovers and settle into your choice of ragu delight – courtesy of Tastemade UK. Batch cook any of these bad boys and you’re all set for the week.
Hearty Lamb and Vegetable Soup
Turn up the cosy with this Hearty Lamb and Vegetable Soup. Simply swap lamb leg steaks for leftovers and look forward to delicious, nutritious lunches or dinners that are effortless to make and even easier to eat. Serve with a good side of garlic ciabatta for the ultimate midweek meal.
Teriyaki Lamb Rice Bowl with Chilli Dressing
Reheat your lamb until piping hot, follow the rest of this recipe, grab your chopsticks and delve into this poke-inspired dish: Teriyaki Lamb Rice Bowl with Chilli Dressing. Which, for the uninitiated, is a medley of finely sliced vegetables and sizzling oriental sauces that are complemented beautifully by leftover roast lamb.
Lamb Penne Gratin with Courgettes and Two Cheeses Recipe
This Lamb and Pasta Gratin has it all – it’s easy, it’s healthy and it’s the perfect way to use up your leftover roast lamb. As the old saying goes, two cheeses are better than one, so get cooking, start eating and look forward to a leftover lamb feast for the senses.
Lamb, Spinach and Feta Quiche
Packed full of flavour and really easy to make, our Lamb, Spinach and Feta Quiche is a great way to use up your leftover roast Lamb. Cook it for a midweek meal and you can have it cold for lunch the next day – saving you money and time. Genius!
Fall in Love with Our Leftover Lamb Recipes
So, there you have it, folks. Our guide to some of the best leftover roast lamb recipes to cook at home! But these are just a few of our lamb-inspired dishes from around the world that have been created by people like you, for people like you to try at home. Remember to always observe food safety, then don your apron and get creative in the kitchen with lamb.