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12 Tasty Ideas to Use Up Leftover Ham

Time for holiday ham! And there will be leftovers. That’s good news. And here’s even better news: We have a metric ton of crafty ways to turn leftover ham into delicious, diverse meals. Here are a dozen of our favorites.

1. Walnut and Roasted Ham Linguine

Here's a super-simple skillet dinner. Toss linguine with thin slices of leftover ham, toasted walnuts, and shallots, then top with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.


Walnut and Roasted Ham Linguine

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Like that? Try Ham and Butternut Squash Spaghetti. "Very easy and tastes like a carbonara," says Jane. "Squash flavor was perfect with the garlic and ham."

2. Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

"I have made this recipe at least a dozen times. I make it every time we have leftover ham. It has never failed to satisfy. It's quick, simple, and delicious!" -- Deborah


Ham and Potato Soup

Photo by Meredith

3. Ham Cake-ettes

"Easter ham turns into a perfect combo of pancakes and croquettes," says Avon. "It's a nice way to use up some of the leftovers. Serve with a honey mustard sauce or any variety of chutneys. Applesauce is also a nice accompaniment."


Ham Cake-ettes

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4. Oven Baked Jambalaya

"Impress your family and friends when you serve this classic and flavorful Creole dish and best of all, it's easily made in the oven." -- JOSLYN



Photo by Meredith

5. Ham and Pineapple Dinner

"Cubed ham sauteed with onions and pineapple in a sweet sauce," says Melissa. "It's a great take on a Hawaiian-style dinner and great for leftover ham." It's also great with broccoli.


Ham and Pineapple Dinner

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6. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Tortillas

"Used leftover Christmas ham, and it was delish! Salsa makes a nice flavor along with the cheese (extra cheese), egg, and ham." -- Brittany


Ham and Cheese Breakfast Tortillas

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7. Ham and Shrimp Gravy

This one was inspired by the Southern classic shrimp and grits. The ham gravy reduces and comes out flavorful with a luxurious texture. This meal is so quick and easy!


Ham and Shrimp Gravy

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8. Ham and Wild Rice Quiche

"This is a nice change from ordinary quiche," says Sue. "It's full of ham, wild rice, mushrooms, red bell peppers, and flavored with a touch of Dijon mustard -- fabulous for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And the meat & veggie mixture is also terrific simply scrambled with eggs for a quickie meal!"


Ham and Wild Rice Quiche

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Like that? Try House Fried Rice. It's loaded with shrimp, ham, chicken, and veggies.

9. Bubble 'n' Squeak

"Cabbage, bacon, ham, onion, and leftover potatoes make up this tasty, easy dish. Using leftovers makes this main dish especially quick to make." -- DOREENF


Bubble n Squeak

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10. Pizza with Ham, Asparagus, and Ricotta

A white pizza sauce with olive oil, fresh ricotta cheese, and a splash of cream. Topped with quickly blanched asparagus, some leftover smoked ham, and a sprinkling of sharp white Cheddar and Parmesan.


11. Ham and Red-Eye Gravy

Use cold leftover coffee to create a tasty gravy to spoon over fried slices of leftover holiday ham. It’s like getting something from nothing! When the bitter coffee hits the pan, coming into contact with the sweet-and-smoky-flavored ham fat, something delicious happens.


Ham Red Eye Gravy

Photo by Chef John

12. Split Pea and Ham Soup I

"This is a good way to use leftover ham, quite inexpensive, and VERY tasty. I hope that you enjoy it. Some people like to add carrots or other types of vegetables. Don't forget to serve with buttered bread toasted in the oven." -- TEETOE


Split Pea and Ham Soup

Photo by MisterGee

Yes, the amazing leftovers, they're why we really love holiday ham. Check out even more recipes for leftover ham.

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