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 more than a dozen of our favorites.
The best recipes for using up leftover ham
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.
"This rich, thick, and creamy soup is a great way to use up leftover holiday ham," says fabeverydayblog. "Made in your slow cooker, and using shortcuts like frozen hash brown potatoes, this delicious soup requires very little effort on your part."
"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."
"This single-pot meal is the perfect way to use up leftover ham for a weeknight dinner," says lutzflcat . It's creamy, comforting, and quick-and-easy."
"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.
"Used leftover Christmas ham, and it was delish," says Brittany. "Salsa makes a nice flavor along with the cheese (extra cheese), egg, and ham."
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!
"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!"
"Cabbage, bacon, ham, onion, and leftover potatoes make up this tasty, easy dish," says DOREENF. "Using leftovers makes this main dish especially quick to make."
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.
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.
"This is something I did one night when I had a bunch of leftovers that turned into one of my favorite comfort foods," says bd.weld. "You could switch out just about anything for anything of a similar type, chicken for the ham, different soups, etc. Make it as is or use your imagination."
"This is a good way to use leftover ham, quite inexpensive, and VERY tasty," says TEETOE. "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."
"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," says JOSLYN.
"I have made this recipe at least a dozen times," says Deborah. "I make it every time we have leftover ham. It has never failed to satisfy. It's quick, simple, and delicious!"