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.
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.
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.”
“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
“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.”
“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
“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! Salsa makes a nice flavor along with the cheese (extra cheese), egg, and ham.” — Brittany
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!”
Like that? Try House Fried Rice. It’s loaded with shrimp, ham, chicken, and veggies.
“Cabbage, bacon, ham, onion, and leftover potatoes make up this tasty, easy dish. Using leftovers makes this main dish especially quick to make.” — DOREENF
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 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