5 Things To Do With Leftover Biscuits

You never want to let a biscuit go to waste, and we are here to inspire your leftovers.

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Our Favorite Buttermilk Biscuit
Photo: Brian Woodcock

Buttery, flaky biscuits are a Southern staple. You can dress them up with fruity jams, savory butters, or stick a piece of crispy fried chicken in between the fluffy layers. You can't go wrong with any of our best biscuits, with recipes ranging from cream cheese to sweet potato to classic buttermilk.

Want to master our Best Ever Buttermilk Biscuits? Watch this how-to, and learn our Test Kitchen-approved, no-fail technique. (And if you'd rather have someone else prepare them for you, visit our favorite biscuit joints across the South.) After hosting a brunch, a holiday dinner, or cooking a home-style Saturday morning breakfast, don't let leftover biscuits go to waste. Before tossing uneaten biscuits, try these five approaches to make the most of your delicious leftovers.


Pepperoni Pizza Sliders
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Sliders are nothing more than min-sandwiches and don't require specialized ingredients to be right. You can easily reheat leftover biscuits and fill them with ham, turkey, chicken, and more for mini sandwiches that make great appetizers or snacks. Our recipe for ham biscuits with tangy mustard butter is only the tip of the iceberg. try these slider ideas, and swap out your bun for a biscuit:

Ham And Cheese Sliders

Brush the tops of these with melted butter before baking at 400 degrees. This is a Souther handheld staple, and the first bite will elicit food sentimentality about the last time a perfectly melty baked ham and cheese slider presented itself as a meal. 

Meatball Sliders With Tomato Sauce

Enjoy this as two recipes in one: savory meatballs and slow cooked tomato sauce. Once you’ve doused your biscuit properly, you may have some sauce leftover. Toss it with your favorite pasta, spoon it over a bowl of grits, or pair it with pork chops or types of meat.

Pork Tenderloin Sliders

Consider a "build your own" slider board to for this option. Slice the tenderloin on a large cutting board, set out your refreshed biscuits and homemade condiments, and let your family and guests build their own sandwiches.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Choosing this recipe eliminates that oven refresh time for your leftover biscuit, if you prepare all of your ingredients in advance for easy assembling. Put the entire tray of sliders together a few hours ahead of time and bake when you're ready to serve. 

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

This is definitely your go-to for the slumber party. We can't think of a more kid-friendly approach to pizza ingredients. Before you bake, you'll brush the tops with butter and garlic salt, which gives the sliders an extra savory kick. This recipe will resurface again and again, especially for the kids in your life.


Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler
Alison Miksch

Incorporate leftover biscuits into casseroles for a comforting weeknight meal. Instead of pastry crust, top chicken pot pie with crispy biscuits for even more delicious flavor. For a savory breakfast casserole, use cooked biscuits in this Sausage, Biscuit, and Gravy Bake—all of your favorites in one, easy dish. Give this list of biscuit topped casseroles a shot, and make your family's comfort food dreams come true.

Chicken And Biscuit Cobbler

What sets this dish apart from any other casseroles is it's topped with fluffy homemade biscuits. This recipe would be the perfect meal to save in the freezer and have on hand for holiday company or family gatherings. If you do intend to feed a crowd, don't shy away from making two batches.

Beef Stew With Cheddar Biscuits

The idea of a pot of beef stew topped off with a mess of biscuits, which are then topped off with cheddar cheese? Count us in! You will love this rendition of a classic stew that is always a crowd-pleaser, only the compliments for you effort will come faster. There is no denying that biscuits make it better.

Biscuits And Gravy Skillet

Who doesn’t love the cast iron skillet? This useful kitchen tool works beautifully for preparing a meal on the stovetop and transferring to the oven for a perfect finish. In this recipe, the skillet does all the work, combining sausage, milk, and biscuits together for a simple breakfast (or lunch).


Ambrosia Trifle
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Giulietta Pinna; Food Styling: Ali Ramee

Another easy option for leftover biscuits is to make a crowd-pleasing trifle dessert. Layer the biscuits with fresh fruit, sweet cream, custard, and more for a mouthwatering dessert that comes together in minutes. We love this Strawberry-Sugar Biscuit Trifle for spring and summer. Here are a handful of other suggestions.

Cherry Spice Cake Trifle

We don't want to sound too off-base here, but one of the charms of a trifle is that no matter what kind of cake, bread, or ladyfinger you choose to layer into this classic dessert, it takes on the flavors of the other layers. So why not replace the spice cake in this trifle recipe with your leftover biscuits. No need to soften those morsels up in the microwave, just crumble the biscuits into the trifle.

Ambrosia Trifle

The magical Ambrosia Trifle calls for angel food cake, but those leftovers biscuits have found yet another mission. Either slice into chunks as instructed in the recipe, or morph into crumbs, and you've got yourself a tasty trifle.

Old-Fashioned Trifle

This recipe originally calls for cubes of whiskey soaked pound cake, but why not make the best possible use of those leftover biscuits? We promise you it isn't too much of a stretch, and the other ingredients will take care of the rest.


Bowl of Classic Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons Next to a Stack of Plates and Utensils

Simply Recipes / Michelle Becker

There's something about crunchy, homemade croutons that really elevate soups and salads. And they are incredibly easy to make. Let your biscuits get a little stale, and then cut them into bite-size cubes. Coat them with melted butter or olive oil; sprinkle them with salt and pepper and any seasoning of your choosing; and pop them in the oven at 375 until crispy.

For other crouton inspiration, read our primer on how to make homemade croutons and you'll find yourself experimenting with cornbread and French bread, as well as leftover biscuits.

Bread Pudding

Bourbon-Sweet Potato Bread Pudding in a well seasoned orange dish
Photo: Antonis Achilleos Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall Prop Styling: Matthew Gleason

Swap the bread in almost any bread pudding recipe with leftover biscuits, and prepare the recipe the same way. The buttermilk biscuits will add even more delicious Southern flavor. Try these easy recipes as an experiment and find yourself perfecting your own bread pudding approach.

Blueberry Bread Pudding

Half of the berries called for in this Blueberry Bread Pudding recipe are used in the custard and bread mixture, while the other half will be called on to create a blueberry sauce that you'll drizzle over the top just before serving—it brings the decadence to another level. 

Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Assemble this pudding the night before and refrigerate, covered, until ready to bake. This butternut bread pudding reheats well, and would also make a fabulous entrée at a weekend brunch, just add some crispy bacon and fresh fruit for an enjoyable meal.

Bourbon Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

Most bread pudding recipes have a creamy interior and a toasty top, but this recipe gets extra points for the hidden layer of pecans in the center. That extra crunch makes this bread pudding even more spectacular—it's sure to be a comfort food hit.

Spinach And Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding

While this savory bread pudding is an ideal breakfast or brunch recipe, serve with a simple green salad for a delicious and hearty dinner recipe. This recipe can serve a crowd up to 10—so be ready for leftovers if you won't have quite so many appetites gathering around your table.

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