If your holiday table today is blessed with a glistening and irresistible ham, at the end of the meal and despite all effort, you’ll probably have something leftover of that smoky meat. To avoid wasting that ham, here are simple recipes you can try that will require you to spend very little time in the kitchen – so you can enjoy the rest of the holiday with your loved ones.
The story of how the prized ham became part of the traditional Easter table started occured during winter seasons of the 1600s when the early American settlers first introduced cured pork. Later, in 1872, Annabella Hill authored the book
Nowadays, grocery stores usually sell fully-cooked hams, which are much easier to prepare. Follow the package directions, heat the ham to 140 degrees internal temperature and brush on a glaze during the last half hour.
When cooking a large ham, leftovers are pretty much expected. If freezing the meat, leftover ham should be eaten within 2 months, or maximum 6 months.. You can freeze meal-sized packages or whole cuts of diced ham for larger pieces or casseroles.
Ham can be incorporated into many recipes, from breakfast dishes and casseroles to sandwiches and soups.
What To Make With Leftover Ham?
Quick Leftover Ham Recipes
- Add leftover ham to an Alfredo sauce and make a luscious pasta-topper by chopping in some green onions.
- Add diced ham to omelets, breakfast casseroles, frittatas, corn pudding or scrambled eggs.
- Use diced leftover ham in a gratin or scalloped potatoes.
- Add diced ham to tortilla rolls and other appetizers.
- Make sandwiches out of sliced ham.
- Add chopped ham to your favourite macaroni cheese recipe.
Southern Ham Salad
You can make tasty sandwiches out of this Southern Ham Salad recipe, or use lettuce leaves to plate the ham salad for a low-carb yet delicious lunch. This may help you if you’re stuck thinking about what to make with leftover ham.
Easy Ham and Potato Hash
Wondering what to make with leftover ham, peppers, garlic, eggs, and cheese? Well, there’s always a potato and ham hash with peppers. There are so many ways to cook an Easy Ham and Potato Hash. The common hash usually contains white onions, but here we add extra flavor and color with chopped red bell pepper and green onions.
Broccoli and Ham Quiche With Tomatoes
One of the best recipes to make during homegrown tomato season with leftover ham is this colorful and flavorful Broccoli and Ham Quiche With Tomatoes.
Slow-Cooker Pulled Ham
Tasty pulled ham sandwiches can be made from this Slow-Cooker Pulled Ham recipe that uses smoked picnic ham as its starting point. To make the sandwiches even more fabulous, use plain yellow mustard or South Carolina mustard sauce.
Southern Pinto Beans With Ham Hocks
During hectic days, time-consuming meals just aren’t really helping, but using your Crock Pot can be a huge time-saver. You will definitely love this recipe for basic Southern-style pinto beans, especially the fact that you simply throw in some seasoning, ham hocks and bay leaves in the pot, and then just leave it.
Pasta Salad With Ham and Peas
What to make with leftover ham? Well, you could always try this recipe for Pasta Salad With Ham and Peas. A combination of ranch dressing and mayonnaise is an excellent way to dress this easy summer salad.
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
Another great dish to enjoy after your growling stomach wakes you up in the morning is this overnight Crockpot Breakfast Casserole With Ham.
Crockpot Black-Eyed Ham and Peas
A traditional dinner during New Year’s Eve is even more memorable when these Crockpot Black-Eyed Ham and Peas are served. This dish is composed of ham, frozen black-eyed peas and, of course, some seasoning.
Creamy Pasta With Asparagus and Ham
Simply combining asparagus, Parmesan cheese, cream and farfalle pasta with ham yields this simple Creamy Pasta With Asparagus and Ham. Made with ham and fresh spring asparagus, this easy pasta dish is surprisingly delectable.
Baked Ham With Pineapple
Honey and pineapple help to make a tasty glaze for this smoked ham. This classic recipe for baked ham with pineapple will leave everyone dumbfounded by its irresistible flavor, not to mention the beautiful presentation.
Stuffed Mushrooms With Ham and Spinach
Another brilliant way to use of leftover ham is to make these Stuffed Mushrooms With Ham and Spinach. The combination of Mozzarella cheese and spinach is mouthwatering.
Penne Bake With Ham and Peas
This Penne Bake With Ham and Peas is a very simple creamy pasta dish made from peas, diced ham, and cheddar cheese. Add this to a casserole dish, top with some breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, then bake for at least half an hour at 350 for a nice pasta bake.
Impromptu Cheddar and Ham Breakfast Casserole
Cheddar cheese, ham, eggs and any kind of bread team up to make this amazing Impromptu Cheddar and Ham Breakfast Casserole. 10 minutes preparation and 45 minutes to bake are all that’s needed for this dish to be perfect. If you don’t know what to make with leftover ham, this is probably worth a try!
Buttermilk Biscuits With Country Ham
Buttermilk biscuits get the best filling from southern country ham, but you could also use leftover deli ham or sliced ham as an alternative.
English Pea Pesto Pasta With Ham
English peas have a natural vivid green color and sweetness that make this pesto so appetizing when added to pasta. This delicious, easy-to-make pesto makes an excellent addition to this English Pea Pesto Pasta With Ham.
Creamy Pasta With Broccoli, Parmesan Cheese, and Ham
The Creamy Pasta With Ham, Parmesan Cheese and Broccoli is an easy-to-prepare one-dish pasta casserole. You can make this family meal by cooking the pasta, steaming the broccoli and stir-frying the garlic and ham for a few minutes, before combining and baking.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham
This Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham recipe uses deli ham or your leftover diced ham.Why not add some green onions to give this delicious mac and cheese a touch of color?
Party Ham Rolls
Be sure to keep some for yourself, because these party ham rolls will disappear in a flash when you take them to a party. You need a pack of dinner rolls, seasonings, sliced ham and cheese to make these simple Party ham rolls.
Chunky Potato and Ham Soup With Cheese
This Chunky Potato and Ham Soup With Cheese recipe uses cheddar cheese, parsley and chunks of ham. If you like, you can also add a garnish to the soup using some chopped fresh spinach.
Easy Ham and Chicken Casserole With Sour Cream
This recipe for Ham and Chicken Casserole With Sour Cream is a combination of chicken breasts and sliced cooked ham in a simple condensed soup and sour cream sauce. Baked with a breadcrumb topping, you can serve this dish with rice or noodles.
Baked Ham With Maple and Brown Sugar Glaze
Apple juice and maple syrup make the glaze for this baked ham recipe extra flavorful. Instead of using maple syrup in the glaze, you can also use honey.
Divide this Western omelet to make sandwiches from its individual portions or use a smaller panto make sandwich-size portions. If you’re making a classic Western omelet, the typical topping would be ketchup, but you could make this more interesting by adding some Sriracha sauce.
Hearty Lentil Soup With Leftover Ham
This Hearty Lentil Soup With Leftover Ham recipe can use ham hocks, leftover diced ham or a meaty leftover ham bone. You can make this a well-rounded and hearty dish by adding greens to the soup.
Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich
A lot of sliced cheese, ham and turkey are combined for this classic Monte Cristo sandwich. Use an egg mixture to batter the sandwiches and fry them like French toast.
Lowcountry Red Rice With Ham
Ham and bacon team up to make this version of Southern red rice–Lowcountry Red Rice With Ham. Keep it moist by adding diced tomatoes and give it color and flavor with green onions and chopped onions.
Hopefully you now have a better idea of what to do with leftover ham. Happy eating!