Leftover ham is never a bad thing. These 6 recipes are proof.
It happens whenever we serve ham for Easter. On Monday morning, The One and I open the fridge, logy from overindulging in carbs, and find a chunk of porcine goodness staring us down.
It goes without saying that The One will make his split-pea soup using the bone instead of hocks. But we’re always left scratching our heads asking, “How are we going to use up all this leftover ham?”
One year, I came up with the ham, cheese, and potato casserole below, and since then, it’s become a yearly staple. I encourage you to try it if you haven’t. Honestly, it’s reason enough to buy and cook a whole ham.
And, of course, there are Julia’s eggs Benedict, cheesy-porky omelets, more potatoes and ham, and just about any salad–leafy or potato–can benefit from ham.
Still need more ideas? Fold some into easy empanadas. Stir chunks into your favorite sourdough bread. (Don’t forget to toss in a handful or two of grated cheese and lots of black pepper). Slip some into grilled cheese sandwiches. I could go on and on.
Tell me: If you’re a ham lover, what do you do with all your leftovers?
Ham, Cheese, and Potato Casserole
I’ve made this ham and potato casserole probably five times, and it’s outstanding. I use regular milk instead of cream just to lighten it a bit. And I saute some garlic with the shallot instead of rubbing it on the dish. Always delicious and always gets rave reviews. It’s even delicious at room temperature or cold the next morning.–Davey
Arugula Salad with Country Ham, Pears, and Honey Vinaigrette
This arugula salad recipe is so very simple to make but so beautiful and delicious. Talk about visually appealing!
Every bite is something different–the slight saltiness of the ham, the tart sweetness of the pear, the nutty crunchiness of the walnuts, the little peppery bite from the arugula all topped off with a lovely sweet vinaigrette. Each individual ingredient is so good but tastes even better mixed together! The toasted walnut oil added a pleasant nutty smokiness.
We had this with guests, and every single adult requested the recipe. I (deliberately) made too much vinaigrette, so my family and I had the salad the next day again (aw, shucks), but this time we topped it with shards of Parmesan in addition to the other yummy bits.–Brenda
Ham and Cheese Omelet
Ham and Potatoes Sarladaise
The ham and potatoes sarladaise was a wonderful dish to make with leftover ham. My family loved it! I did add onions while frying the potatoes, though! Definitely would make this again.–Lori
Julia Child’s Eggs Benedict
Amazing! This eggs Benedict recipe is divine, especially the Hollandaise!–Mike M.
Leftover Ham FAQs
Leftover ham can be stored in the fridge for up to four days. Store it in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
Yes. Sliced or chopped leftover ham can be frozen in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to two months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before using.
Reheat your ham in the oven or on the stovetop with some additional liquid to prevent it from becoming tough or dry.
To reheat the ham in the oven, place it in a baking dish with a few tablespoons of broth or water. Cover tightly and heat in a 325°F oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes per pound.
To reheat the ham on the stovetop, place the ham in a skillet with a few tablespoons of broth or water. Cover the skillet and set over low heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally.
If you’ve got a leftover ham bone, don’t toss it! It adds incredible flavor to this slow cooker split pea soup, which is another great use for leftover ham.
6 Recipes for Leftover Ham
- 2 slices white bread
- About 2 tablespoons (1 oz) unsalted butter or clarified butter at room temperature or melted
- Dijon-style mustard
- 2 thin slices cooked ham
- 1/4 cup grated or 2 thin slices Gruyère cheese
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Place both slices of bread on your work surface. Spread some of the butter on top of each slice of bread, then spread the mustard on top of the butter.
- Pile the ham and cheese on a slice of bread, season with salt and pepper to taste, and then top with the other bread slice, mustard-side down.
- Melt the remaining butter in a skillet over medium or medium-high heat. Gently place the sandwich in the skillet and let it cook, flipping once, until crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
- Grab your spatula, flip it onto a plate, and prepare for your day to get exponentially better.
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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
My leftover ham recipes include Senate bean soup, minestrone, ham, mac & cheese, ham fried rice & ham & eggs.
Those all sound wonderful, m’liss. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
Yum! I like that Green Eggs and Ham idea, avocado makes everything better. I make ham quiche sometimes with spinach and mushrooms. And I have a delicious ham salad wrap recipe that uses up the little bits too small for slicing. But I still love a thick slice of fresh baked ham on sourdough bread with real mayonnaise best.
Great suggestions, Carole. Thank you!