Ham in the Crockpot & What to Do with the Leftovers

A ham is one of my favorite things to serve at Christmas. I usually only serve it if I can buy one for less than a dollar a pound. This year I found one at Fresh & Easy for $0.77 a pound, making it a very economical Holiday dish.

I like to cook a ham, unsliced, in the crockpot with apple juice and then glaze it with a brown sugar and apple juice glaze. Trust me when I say you don’t want to cook a presliced ham this way. Doing so is a recipe for little ham bits bring flung all over your kitchen when you try to remove it from the crock.


This year I forgot to buy apple juice, so instead of making my 15th trip to the store during Christmas week, I am going to use an apple grape blend that we have on hand. (Read: Capri Sun 100% juice) The original recipe called for raisins, but since I don’t like raisins all that much, I’m going to use cranberries.

We’re going to enjoy our ham on Saturday afternoon with Scalloped Potatoes, Garlic Green Beans, A Green Salad,  Buttermilk Cornbread, and Pretzel Berry for dessert.

What to do with what’s left?

Yesterday Erin posted some great suggestions for using up the ham leftovers from Christmas. And I remembered that I had a list of ham leftover ideas buried on LifeasMOM from years ago that might prove helpful to you — and me. I’ve updated it a little and am going to use it for inspiration next week as we use up our ham.

Diced Ham and Eggs

This is my husband’s favorite breakfast. Prepare scrambled eggs as you normally do, but stir in a handful of finely diced ham.

Ham and Spinach Quiche

Quiche freezes wonderfully, so if you don’t want to eat it up now, mix up several quiche and then freeze them flat. Then wrap them well and return them to the freezer. I am going to substitute 1/2 cup diced ham for the bacon in this Spinach Quiche recipe.

Ham and Cheese Soup with Veggies

I love cheese soup. It is one of my all-time comfort foods. Once you’ve prepared Cheese and Veggie Soup, stir in 1/2 cup diced ham. I can’t wait until next week!

Hot Baked Cheese Dip

This recipe sounds delicious! No Velveeta here. I think it would make a great New Year’s Eve appetizer.

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

My favorite combo would be Brie cheese and ham. Yum! Check out these grilled cheese sandwich tips for more flavor inspiration.

Make a Hawaiian Pizza

I love homemade pizza! After the first sprinkling of cheese, place a layer of diced ham and a layer of diced pineapple. Top with more cheese and bake according to recipe directions.

Cheesy Potatoes with Ham

Make the regular recipe and then stir in 1 cup diced ham before spooning mixture into baking dish. You can also refreeze it prior to baking and enjoy it a different day.

California Chicken Gumbo

This gumbo is on my menu plan for Sunday. It cooks in the crockpot, making it a super easy meal for the day after Christmas.

Freeze it!

You know me, I love my freezer. If you don’t want to mess with your leftover ham, don’t throw it out! Simply cut and dice the leftovers, wrap well in plastic wrap in meal-sized or recipe-sized portions. Slip the wrapped packages into a large freezer bag and stash the leftovers until another time. You won’t become sick of ham in three days, but instead, you can stretch one meal to enjoy several times over the coming months.

What do YOU do with the leftover ham?

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  1. This looks like a great way to make a ham! I think I’ll try it next week!

    I cut any meat I can off of the ham and use it for similar things that you do. Then I cook the ham carcass in some water in the crockpot for even longer until more meat comes off the bone and I make bean and ham soup. Yum!!

  2. i’m grateful for your what to do with leftover ham ideas as i bought a spiral ham for our christmas dinner and then our elderly neighbor man gave us one as a thank you for all we do for him throughout the year. we’ll be eating ham until easter!

  3. With any kind of “pork”, I do veggie breakfast biscuits cups. Like “Bacon” egg & cheese biscuit cups. It’s basically biscuit dough filled with egg, cheese and whatever meat (I use fake meat) you want to put in there. They’re yummy and a good fast and nutritious breakfast.

  4. We make a Ham Bone Soup in the crock pot!

  5. Christina S. says:

    Trying this today. Had to use foil instead of the crock pot lid. My ham is too big for the lid to fit. Oops. 🙂

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